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 (lə-tē′nō, lă-, lä-)
n. pl. La·ti·nos
1. A member of one of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the Americas.
2. A descendant of any of these peoples, especially when living in the United States. See Usage Note at Hispanic.

[Short for Spanish latinoamericano, Latin-American, from latino, Latin, from Latin Latīnus; see Latin.]

La·ti′no adj.


n, pl -nos
(Peoples) US an inhabitant of the US who is of Latin American origin
Laˈtina fem n


(hɪˈspæn ɪk)

1. of or pertaining to Spain or Spanish-speaking countries.
2. Also, Hispan′ic-Amer′ican. of or pertaining to Hispanics.
3. Also, Hispan′ic Amer′ican. a U.S. citizen or resident of Spanish or Latin-American descent.
[1575–85; < Latin hispānicus. See Hispania, -ic]
His•pan′i•cal•ly, adv.
usage: The terms Hispanic and Latino have the same meaning, though Latino is more informal. Both terms more commonly refer to a person from Latin America rather than one from Spain.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Latino - a native of Latin AmericaLatino - a native of Latin America    
Latin America - the parts of North America and South America to the south of the United States where Romance languages are spoken
spic, spick, spik - (ethnic slur) offensive term for persons of Latin American descent
American - a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country
transmigrante - a Latin American who buys used goods in the United States and takes them to Latin America to sell
2.Latino - an artificial language based on words common to the Romance languages
artificial language - a language that is deliberately created for a specific purpose
Latino sine flexione - Latino without inflectional morphology
Adj.1.Latino - related to a Spanish-speaking people or culture; "the Hispanic population of California is growing rapidly"
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