Definition of Spanish in English:



  • Relating to Spain, its people, or its language.

    • ‘Later, he featured in a series of Spanish ads for Renault.’
    • ‘The poem is among the most famous in the Spanish language.’
    • ‘The virus spreads itself via email using a variety of Spanish language phrases and filenames.’
    • ‘The basic problem for Spanish films isn't financial, but in promotion and distribution.’
    • ‘Throughout the 18th century diplomats continued to take advantage of their residence in Spain to buy Spanish art.’
    • ‘When you come to Spain we'll play Spanish music, we'll sing and we'll even dance.’
    • ‘He was the greatest knight in the world and a deluded Spanish gentleman to precisely the same degree.’
    • ‘The wake, which has a medieval Spanish origin, is losing popularity.’
    • ‘Here at Victoria the Spanish programme is the fastest growing of all the language schools.’
    • ‘She developed a sudden interest in the color pink and the Spanish language, you see.’
    • ‘How on earth do you argue with a Spanish trader when you can't speak the language?’
    • ‘This pastry of Spanish origin is stuffed with meat, cheese, or seafood, as well as onion, raisins, and olives.’
    • ‘The biggest success in Spain was not an American film, but a Spanish film.’
    • ‘Set in North Eastern Province of Argentina, this is a Spanish language film with a heroine who barely speaks the language.’
    • ‘To play Zahara, he had to adopt not only a Spanish accent but Spanish body language, going so far as to take flamenco lessons.’
    • ‘You will find most of the students in Spanish language classes at our High’
    • ‘They know they will be able to find jobs where they can use their Spanish language and communicate with bosses.’
    • ‘Since we are in Spain, I limit my viewing to the Spanish painters: Goya and Velázquez.’
    • ‘He loved the Spanish language more than any other and had long planned to translate Gongora.’
    • ‘The Spanish heartthrob, who plays masked hero Zorro, admits his wife is a better horse rider than him.’


  • 1as plural noun the SpanishThe people of Spain.

    • ‘The Spanish introduced cattle, which became a source of wealth in the region.’
    • ‘The music of these poems remains in the Spanish; it cannot be conveyed in English.’
    • ‘Her image was used in the struggle for independence against the Spanish.’
    • ‘In Los Montezumas, the confrontation of the Spanish and Aztecs in Mexico is acted out.’
    • ‘The English did attack but they were bravely fought off by the Spanish.’
    • ‘The Dance of the Conquest recalls the victory of the Spanish over the Amerindians.’
    • ‘Park space is limited to larger towns and cities that were founded by the Spanish.’
    • ‘All translations from the Spanish in the essay are mine unless otherwise noted.’
  • 2mass noun The main language of Spain and of much of Central and South America (except Brazil) and several other countries. It is a Romance language with over 300 million speakers worldwide.

    • ‘From the autumn, it will be broadcast in English and Spanish to 35 million households.’
    • ‘She didn't speak French any more than I spoke Spanish, but she liked to pretend.’
    • ‘You might ask me how I cope in Spain without having Spanish as my first language - and this is meaningful.’
    • ‘In those parts of Spain in which Spanish is the only language, dialectical patterns can remain significant.’
    • ‘Now the newsletter is hosted on a dozen of sites and is translated into Spanish, German, French, Dutch and Italian.’
    • ‘The Creoles are English-speaking, although many speak Spanish as a second language.’
    • ‘The main language I speak, at home is Spanish, as does everyone else in Chile.’
    • ‘Catalan has obvious connections with forms of French as well as Spanish.’
    • ‘There are subtitles present in Spanish, French, and English for the hearing impaired.’
    • ‘He was a dominant player, and a dominant boxer, and he spoke French and Spanish in addition to English.’
    • ‘Barnes was proficient in Spanish, French, and German and read three other languages.’
    • ‘As with languages like Spanish and French, there are masculine and feminine words.’
    • ‘All geeks rue their choice on arriving at university and wish that they had chosen to study English, French or Spanish.’
    • ‘He yelled at me in an archaic dialect of Spanish, and I understood every word.’


Middle English: from Spain + -ish, with later shortening of the first vowel.