Definition of Latino in US English:


nounPlural Latinos

North American
  • (in North America) a person of Latin American origin or descent, especially a man or boy.

    See also Latina
    • ‘It's almost as if some Americans believe all Latinos were born in one foreign country.’
    • ‘Reticence on the part of Latinos to admit their African roots is a shame.’
    • ‘In the United States, Latinos are generally clunked together as socially conservative.’
    • ‘Most Euro-Americans can tell you that Arabs and Latinos react strongly to being humiliated.’
    • ‘Many of the Asians and Latinos here are recent immigrants like my parents were.’
    • ‘According to these standards, Hispanics or Latinos are referred to as an ethnic group.’
    • ‘So when do the Latinos, the Orientals and the Asians get a look in then?’
    • ‘Latinos are broken out separately, since Latinos, as an ethnicity, can be of any race.’
    • ‘Some say they've been mistaken for Latinos so often, they've been tempted to learn Spanish.’
    • ‘Latino activists say this is more reason why Latinos should oppose the war.’
    • ‘For other Latinas and Latinos, the bestowal of posthumous citizenship was bitterly ironic.’
    • ‘Why is it taboo to crack jokes about Blacks, yet its funny to joke about Asians, Jews and Latinos, etc.?’
    • ‘Over the next few years, Latinos will be the biggest minority group in the United States.’
    • ‘I would say at least half of the customers were Latinos and most of the staff were Mexican with a couple of Spaniards!’
    • ‘So I think that Latinos have always had a very strong sense of being Latino.’
    • ‘So, I think sometimes we're not getting our message to African Americans and to Latinos.’
    • ‘The groups met for six two-hour sessions and were composed of African Americans and Latinos.’
    • ‘Bush has been campaigning as an inclusive candidate; he is at pains to speak Spanish to the Latinos.’
    • ‘That doesn't mean that Latinos want to take over or that Latinos want to create a nation within a nation.’


North American
  • Relating to Latinos.

    • ‘Georgia has one of the fastest growing Latino populations in the country.’
    • ‘I got a job in the post office and actually worked for minimum wage in New York for a while to try to organize Latino workers.’
    • ‘The attitudes of rejection toward undocumented Latino immigrants seem more and more untenable.’
    • ‘A fan turns slowly overhead, keeping time with the strains of Latino music.’
    • ‘We began to have major media artists being recognized as Latino superstars.’
    • ‘A man in a black suit takes the podium and lashes out at the local factories recruiting Latino workers.’
    • ‘Franco also believes in a recent resurgence of Latino rock down south and its increasing visibility elsewhere.’
    • ‘Anyone who likes Latino music should hear this album for its conga, maraca and trumpet songs alone.’
    • ‘But the country has infused its own, distinct Latino flavour with great cuisine including salsa to tapas dishes.’
    • ‘Our barman reckoned the best time to go is on a Tuesday, when it's Latino night.’
    • ‘He'll tell us why he says Latino voters will determine the outcome of the presidential election this year.’
    • ‘Of the some 700,000 eligible Latino voters in the state, only half are registered.’
    • ‘But the nine-day fiesta will once again remind us of all that is great about Latino cinema.’
    • ‘The presidential election is just more than five weeks away, and a key voting block is expected to be Latino voters.’
    • ‘Here's an image of Latino life that challenges us as viewers to make sense of it.’
    • ‘He spent one year there performing flamenco, jazz, and Latino dances in clubs and restaurants.’
    • ‘My wife came here from Peru legally and we have many other Latino friends that came here legally.’
    • ‘It started in the black and Latino community and then moved on, and progressed and spread.’
    • ‘And then, my next guest will be one Latino leader who has made it his mission to have me fired.’
    • ‘More Central American joints will pop up, offering classics as well as imaginative nuevo Latino cuisine.’


See Hispanic


Latin American Spanish, probably a special use of Spanish latino (see Latin).