- a Latin American woman or girl
- a usually Spanish-speaking woman or girl of Latin American birth or descent who lives in the U.S.
Origin of LatinaAmSp, feminine of Latino
Origin of LatinaSpanish feminine of Latino Latino ; see Latino .
Usage Note: The nouns Latina, Chicana, and other words ending in -a in reference to women are now common in American English, and many women prefer them over forms ending in -o when referring to themselves or to other women or girls. It should be noted, though, that constructions such as She is a Latino and a group of Chicano women cannot be considered incorrect in English, because English grammar does not require agreement in gender between nouns and adjectives the way Spanish and other Romance languages do. Thus the use of an ethnic name with a feminine ending is a matter of personal choice rather than grammatical necessity. Similarly, the decision whether to call a novel by a woman of Latino heritage a Latino novel or a Latina novel depends on the writer's personal preference, or on the speaker or writer's intended emphasis, rather than on any requirement of grammar.
- Alternative capitalization of Latina
- A Latin American woman.