Definition of Spanish in US English:



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

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


  • 1as plural noun the SpanishThe people of Spain.

    • ‘The music of these poems remains in the Spanish; it cannot be conveyed in English.’
    • ‘The English did attack but they were bravely fought off by the Spanish.’
    • ‘All translations from the Spanish in the essay are mine unless otherwise noted.’
    • ‘The Dance of the Conquest recalls the victory of the Spanish over the Amerindians.’
    • ‘The Spanish introduced cattle, which became a source of wealth in the region.’
    • ‘Park space is limited to larger towns and cities that were founded by the Spanish.’
    • ‘In Los Montezumas, the confrontation of the Spanish and Aztecs in Mexico is acted out.’
    • ‘Her image was used in the struggle for independence against the Spanish.’
  • 2A 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.

    • ‘The Creoles are English-speaking, although many speak Spanish as a second language.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are subtitles present in Spanish, French, and English for the hearing impaired.’
    • ‘Catalan has obvious connections with forms of French as well as Spanish.’
    • ‘He was a dominant player, and a dominant boxer, and he spoke French and Spanish in addition to English.’
    • ‘The main language I speak, at home is Spanish, as does everyone else in Chile.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From the autumn, it will be broadcast in English and Spanish to 35 million households.’
    • ‘He yelled at me in an archaic dialect of Spanish, and I understood every word.’
    • ‘In those parts of Spain in which Spanish is the only language, dialectical patterns can remain significant.’
    • ‘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.’


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