One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A native or inhabitant of Spain, or a person of Spanish descent.
- ‘According to one story, it was Nicarao, an indigenous chief at the time of the Spanish invasion, for whom the Spaniards named their conquest.’
- ‘Ecuador's 11 million people are descended from Spaniards, Indians, Africans, and other Europeans.’
- ‘But even though you're the best cyclist in the nation, there are still two dozen Spaniards better than you.’
- ‘Until recently, 1 December was a national holiday commemorating the overthrow of the Spaniards in 1640.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This intense competition for water created conflicts, particularly between Indians and Spaniards, but also within Indian and Spanish communities.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Not until the early 17th century were native Spaniards in command of major commissions and new trends.’
- ‘At that time, much of their territory was seized by Spaniards, Gascons, and Catalans.’
- ‘Since 1830 the Uruguayans have been ethnically European, descended mainly from Italians or Spaniards.’
- ‘Caucasians, mainly descendants of Spaniards, constitute about 20 percent of the population.’
- ‘While he disagreed with Franco, he was concerned to reconcile Spaniards still divided by the Spanish Civil War.’
- ‘I was married to a Spaniard before and I've always spoken Spanish.’
- ‘Recognizing the power of the English fleet, the Spaniards headed back to Spain.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘After Spaniards under Magellan visited the islands, Spanish seamen discovered how to return eastbound across the Pacific to Mexico.’
- ‘In the king's eyes no nation is superior to the Spaniards.’
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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