Definition of Latina in US English:



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

    See also Latino
    • ‘Or are you just a typically poorly-educated, insecure Latina who enjoys the thought of being a community leader for her generation?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The spirited, petite Latina refused to go quietly.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘In all, there were four white, five Latina, and five black girls.’
    • ‘Another friend who's Latina occasionally consults her curandera, and my Catholic aunt still trusts in the cures of shamans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jenny, a 22-year-old Latina, was asked if she ever thought about leaving her abusive partner.’
    • ‘Cynthia, the teacher and third author of this article, is Latina, originally from a working-class West Texas community.’
    • ‘However, she's quick to add, ‘Being Latina actually made me want to keep working harder, to prove my talent.’’
    • ‘I ask Anita, a short, middle-aged Latina who wears a thick American-flag bandanna across her forehead.’


  • Relating to Latinas.

    • ‘Afterward I thought about it, and I thought, ‘Well, gee, I've been thinking all this time that she was Latina.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Originals of all races - black, white, and Latina - all talked about their fathers being their primary motivators…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘For me, Latina tells you more about my heritage and culture.’
    • ‘The data on Latina reproductive behavior examined here cannot possibly refute the deeply held beliefs upon which such cataclysmic stories are based.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anzuldã and Castillo show how female and Latina identities intersect.’
    • ‘The class consisted of fifteen first-grade and five second-grade native Spanish-speaking Latina/o children.’
    • ‘And so I think that today it's in to be Latino, to be Latina.’
    • ‘In the presentation of powerful and passionate Latinas, there is a need for developing female protagonists who meet the representational needs of women viewers.’
    • ‘That it's so out of the realm of possibility that somebody like me can be all Latina.’
    • ‘What I couldn't figure out was exactly what accent she was trying to pull off - Latina?’
    • ‘Black, Latina and American Indian females were charged 25 cents for cookies that cost males of minority descent 50 cents.’
    • ‘Like other Puerto Rican and Latina/o writers, she uses racial models to describe cultural multiplicity.’


See Hispanic


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