Definition of Latina in US English:



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

    See also Latino
    • ‘Cynthia, the teacher and third author of this article, is Latina, originally from a working-class West Texas community.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Apparently audiences couldn't get enough of the 7-year-old bilingual Latina who lives inside a computer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In all, there were four white, five Latina, and five black girls.’
    • ‘However, she's quick to add, ‘Being Latina actually made me want to keep working harder, to prove my talent.’’
    • ‘Or are you just a typically poorly-educated, insecure Latina who enjoys the thought of being a community leader for her generation?’
    • ‘Jenny, a 22-year-old Latina, was asked if she ever thought about leaving her abusive partner.’
    • ‘The spirited, petite Latina refused to go quietly.’
    • ‘Another friend who's Latina occasionally consults her curandera, and my Catholic aunt still trusts in the cures of shamans.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’


  • Relating to Latinas.

    • ‘The issue of an accurate census count of Latinas/os in the Chicago metro area would become a cause which some Latina/o leaders in the city took up in the mid-seventies.’
    • ‘Like other Puerto Rican and Latina/o writers, she uses racial models to describe cultural multiplicity.’
    • ‘On the other hand, in the statement ‘It's not like I was born in Ecuador,’ she reveals her own lack of awareness regarding the very nature of U.S. Latina/o identity.’
    • ‘And so I think that today it's in to be Latino, to be Latina.’
    • ‘Anzuldã and Castillo show how female and Latina identities intersect.’
    • ‘That it's so out of the realm of possibility that somebody like me can be all Latina.’
    • ‘The class consisted of fifteen first-grade and five second-grade native Spanish-speaking Latina/o children.’
    • ‘The data on Latina reproductive behavior examined here cannot possibly refute the deeply held beliefs upon which such cataclysmic stories are based.’
    • ‘But, frankly, I think it's messed up that the maid ‘just happens’ to be Latina because, hey, guess what, Latinas are capable of being more than some yuppie's housekeeper!’
    • ‘In the presentation of powerful and passionate Latinas, there is a need for developing female protagonists who meet the representational needs of women viewers.’
    • ‘What I couldn't figure out was exactly what accent she was trying to pull off - Latina?’
    • ‘It possesses no single linguistic Other, as in Latina/o writing, on which to hinge a counter-tradition of stylistics.’
    • ‘Homicide is also the second leading cause of death among Latina females aged 15-24 in California.’
    • ‘For me, Latina tells you more about my heritage and culture.’
    • ‘Afterward I thought about it, and I thought, ‘Well, gee, I've been thinking all this time that she was Latina.’’
    • ‘Originals of all races - black, white, and Latina - all talked about their fathers being their primary motivators…’
    • ‘In showcasing these poets, the book serves a vital purpose, but one still has to question the value and purpose of a canonization project for Latina/o literature.’
    • ‘To counter the effects of structural bias and cultural traits on Latina reproductive health, the presence of women health activists needs to be apparent to the community.’
    • ‘Black, Latina and American Indian females were charged 25 cents for cookies that cost males of minority descent 50 cents.’
    • ‘Finally, traditional gender roles that stigmatize female sexuality and Latina women's reluctance to discuss sexual practices with male partners are emphasized in the literature.’


See Hispanic


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