One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A native or inhabitant of Spain, or a person of Spanish descent.
- ‘In Arizona, Spanish priests founded modest missions, but few other Spaniards came north to deal with the Indians.’
- ‘He prevented the Danish fleet from falling into French hands and supported the Spaniards and Portuguese in their struggle against Napoleon.’
- ‘Recognizing the power of the English fleet, the Spaniards headed back to Spain.’
- ‘At that time, much of their territory was seized by Spaniards, Gascons, and Catalans.’
- ‘Not until the early 17th century were native Spaniards in command of major commissions and new trends.’
- ‘Caucasians, mainly descendants of Spaniards, constitute about 20 percent of the population.’
- ‘Castilian, the language of the majority of Spaniards, is the official language of Spain.’
- ‘The streets of Spain were crowded Friday with millions of Spaniards protesting.’
- ‘While he disagreed with Franco, he was concerned to reconcile Spaniards still divided by the Spanish Civil War.’
- ‘Ecuador's 11 million people are descended from Spaniards, Indians, Africans, and other Europeans.’
- ‘In the king's eyes no nation is superior to the Spaniards.’
- ‘In the 1560s England was jealous of Spain, because the Spaniards were taking gold and silver from the Americas and the English wanted some of that wealth.’
- ‘According to one story, it was Nicarao, an indigenous chief at the time of the Spanish invasion, for whom the Spaniards named their conquest.’
- ‘But even though you're the best cyclist in the nation, there are still two dozen Spaniards better than you.’
- ‘After Spaniards under Magellan visited the islands, Spanish seamen discovered how to return eastbound across the Pacific to Mexico.’
- ‘Until recently, 1 December was a national holiday commemorating the overthrow of the Spaniards in 1640.’
- ‘Since 1830 the Uruguayans have been ethnically European, descended mainly from Italians or Spaniards.’
- ‘The most notable difference between the Spaniards and the rest was that the Spaniards worked with the cool precision of laboratory scientists, or heart surgeons.’
- ‘I was married to a Spaniard before and I've always spoken Spanish.’
- ‘This intense competition for water created conflicts, particularly between Indians and Spaniards, but also within Indian and Spanish communities.’
2A spiny rock plant of the parsley family, native to New Zealand.
Middle English: shortening of Old French Espaignart, from Espaigne ‘Spain’.
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