Definition of Hispanic in English:



  • 1Relating to Spain or to Spanish-speaking countries, especially those of Central and South America.

    • ‘Total system-wide black and Hispanic admissions are up significantly, exactly what UC wanted.’
    • ‘The specific role of family differs somewhat between Hispanic and African American cultures.’
    • ‘There has been less class conflict in Honduras than in the other Hispanic Central American countries.’
    • ‘I would love to learn more about the Hispanic culture and people!’
    • ‘We've seen things from Vanuatu, the Hispanic crosses in South America.’
    • ‘What he saw on the British-controlled island would shape his dedication to social justice and start a life-long affection for Hispanic people.’
    • ‘The food is far more colourful - in fact, the photos on the menu look just like what you get: great heaping platters of Hispanic favourites.’
    • ‘Then Alicia the Hispanic looking girl went second.’
    • ‘Many immigrants moved either back to Spain or to another Hispanic country.’
    • ‘This charming story about land rights, written by a Caucasian man, is told from the viewpoint of indigenous and Hispanic people.’
    • ‘There is quite a large Hispanic population here.’
    • ‘As a result, they have overlooked the unique characteristics and problems posed by contemporary Hispanic immigration.’
    • ‘For the Hispanic community the Spanish language is the language of prayer and of communion with God.’
    • ‘The project will provide hands-on training and artist mentorships targeted to highly motivated Hispanic teens.’
    • ‘Ruiz, originally of Puerto Rico, becomes the first Hispanic heavyweight champion with his unanimous decision over Holyfield.’
    • ‘This plus his job was the sum total real-life experience he'd had with Hispanic culture.’
    • ‘Bonilla is Hispanic, and gets substantial Hispanic support.’
    • ‘The residents of Miami used to look down on Hispanic food and culture, but now they can't get enough of it.’
    • ‘Welchert recalls that early meeting with Hispanic leaders.’
    1. 1.1Relating to Spanish-speaking people or their culture, especially in the US.
      ‘the New York Hispanic community’
      • ‘In addition, about 40 percent of the Hispanic population in America reported they do not speak English well.’
      • ‘This administration is committed to ensuring that Hispanic workers are safe on the job and fully and fairly compensated for their work.’
      • ‘Alleged Hispanic resistance to learning English is one of Huntington's central claims.’
      • ‘While the Hispanic population in Calgary is still less than 20,000 people, the festival is a huge draw for Calgarians from all backgrounds.’
      • ‘We're talking about focusing on the Hispanic community as a whole.’
      • ‘While a smaller component, immigrants from Spain also are considered part of the Hispanic demographic group in this country.’
      • ‘And by the way, those are Hispanic citizens as well as white citizens.’
      • ‘We're a battleground state with a large Hispanic population.’
      • ‘The Hispanic community in Denver didn't ignore Issel's response, and Issel was forced to resign.’
      • ‘These children are on their way to two weeks of summer camp, but for many parents in this heavily Hispanic neighborhood that is a frightful thought.’
      • ‘In the event, the segregated Hispanic community of Tucson was conspicuous by its under-representation.’
      • ‘Gonzales said media surveys are not well-designed for measuring Hispanic voting patterns.’
      • ‘I was to play Pablo, the Hispanic friend at the poker party.’
      • ‘After all, the ethnic composition of the areas served by the clubs is heavily Hispanic, and summer camp is not part of the Hispanic culture.’
      • ‘The influx of Cubans into Florida beginning in 1960 turned the Miami-Dade County area into a centre of Hispanic language and culture.’
      • ‘I saw your poll earlier said that only 10 percent of the Hispanic community is concerned about immigration.’
      • ‘Recently, it launched a monthly section called Tempo that niftily reports on Hispanic culture in the city.’
      • ‘If this plan is approved, principals and schools with the majority of Hispanic students would have three years to learn Spanish.’
      • ‘Asian and Hispanic communities grew in California and New York.’
      • ‘By whatever name, the Hispanic community is beginning to make itself felt - politically and economically.’


  • A Spanish-speaking person, especially one of Latin American descent, living in the US.

    • ‘That's because there just weren't that many Hispanics playing in the majors.’
    • ‘And where we spent the resources and we talked to Hispanics, we picked up the Hispanic vote.’
    • ‘This time it was for the influx of Hasidic Jews, Hispanics, and some twenty other ethnic groups.’
    • ‘For all anyone knows it could work equally well in Asians or Caucasians or Hispanics.’
    • ‘While most white men backed him, majorities of women, African-Americans and Hispanics did not.’
    • ‘Other Hispanics complain about a lack of good Latino comedies in English.’
    • ‘While not universal, some operators are pursuing Hispanics with targeted initiatives.’
    • ‘When I made my career choice, I knew I wanted to reach out to under-represented groups, especially Hispanics.’
    • ‘In the United States, among Hispanics, Mexican Americans have the lowest rate of asthma.’
    • ‘Riley says that few of those students are Hispanics or African Americans and he wants to see the numbers doubled.’
    • ‘There is some directed diffusion of Hispanics and Asians outward from these immigrant ports of entry.’
    • ‘Well, we're seeing how Hispanics are really integrating into American society.’
    • ‘This means that projections and, therefore birth rates, are not very reliable for Hispanics.’
    • ‘Of the Hispanics in the district, 59 percent reported they speak only Spanish in the home.’
    • ‘Twice as many Hispanics as European American students feel very comfortable.’
    • ‘Family intactness was a significant factor only for whites and Hispanics.’
    • ‘According to these standards, Hispanics or Latinos are referred to as an ethnic group.’
    • ‘The same trend is evident among Hispanics at more selective universities, the commission said.’
    • ‘Some of these are in immigrant gateway states, with growing numbers of Hispanics and Asians.’
    • ‘African Americans and Hispanics shared the belief that education would help reduce the stigma.’


In the US Hispanic is the standard accepted term when referring to Spanish-speaking people living in the US. Other, more specific terms such as Latino and Chicano are also used where occasion demands


From Latin Hispanicus, from Hispania Spain.