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La·ti·na 1(lə-tē′nə, lă-, lä-)
1. A woman or girl who is a member of one of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the Americas.
2. A woman or girl who is a descendant of any of these peoples, especially when living in the United States.
[Spanish , feminine of Latino, Latino; see Latino.]
Usage Note: The nouns Latina, Chicana, and other words ending in -a in reference to women are common in American English, and many women prefer them over forms ending in -o when referring to themselves or to other women or girls. Although constructions such as She is a Latino and a group of Chicano women are grammatically correct in English (because English grammar does not require agreement in gender between nouns and adjectives the way Spanish and other Romance languages do), the use of a feminine ending with such words is a matter of personal choice. · Recently, the word Latinx has gained favor as a non-gender-specific alternative to Latino and Latina.
La·ti·na 2(lə-tē′nə, lä-tē′nä)
A city of west-central Italy southeast of Rome. It is a commercial and industrial center.
(Placename) a city in W central Italy, in Lazio: built as a planned town in 1932 on reclaimed land of the Pontine Marshes. Pop: 107 898 (2001). Former name (until 1947): Littoria
La•ti•na(ləˈti nə, læ-)
n., pl. -nas.
a Hispanic girl or woman.
[1945–50; < American Spanish, feminine of latino Latino]