Definition of Latina in English:


Pronunciation /laˈtiːnə//ləˈtiːnə/


North American
  • (in North America) a woman or girl of Latin American origin or descent.

    See also Latino
    • ‘In all, there were four white, five Latina, and five black girls.’
    • ‘The three students I cited here - one white, one black, one Latina - all suffered from the unnamed racial divide.’
    • ‘This may be more of a bias, however, for male than female Latinas, who are less likely to be homeless or seek day work by standing on street corners.’
    • ‘I ask Anita, a short, middle-aged Latina who wears a thick American-flag bandanna across her forehead.’
    • ‘Because the author was Latina, she explained that a way for her culture to state an argument was through story telling, i.e., testimony about ‘what I did and how I did it.’’
    • ‘Apparently audiences couldn't get enough of the 7-year-old bilingual Latina who lives inside a computer.’
    • ‘Cynthia, the teacher and third author of this article, is Latina, originally from a working-class West Texas community.’
    • ‘Another friend who's Latina occasionally consults her curandera, and my Catholic aunt still trusts in the cures of shamans.’
    • ‘However, she's quick to add, ‘Being Latina actually made me want to keep working harder, to prove my talent.’’
    • ‘Her expectations made me feel that I could do it, that being Latina did not mean that I was less, or that being Latina was a reason to do less.’
    • ‘Jenny, a 22-year-old Latina, was asked if she ever thought about leaving her abusive partner.’
    • ‘Or are you just a typically poorly-educated, insecure Latina who enjoys the thought of being a community leader for her generation?’
    • ‘A blue-blazered, take-charge Latina with a radio and a flashlight opens the door for you, and guides you through the dark entry hallway.’
    • ‘The spirited, petite Latina refused to go quietly.’


Latin American Spanish, feminine of Latino (see Latino).