Definition of Spanish in English:



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

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


  • 1as plural noun the SpanishThe people of Spain.

    • ‘The Dance of the Conquest recalls the victory of the Spanish over the Amerindians.’
    • ‘Her image was used in the struggle for independence against the Spanish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The English did attack but they were bravely fought off by the Spanish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Los Montezumas, the confrontation of the Spanish and Aztecs in Mexico is acted out.’
  • 2mass noun A Romance language spoken in Spain and in much of Central and South America (except Brazil) and several other countries. It is the second most widely spoken first language in the world, with more than 400 millon speakers.

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


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