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Spanish American

also Span·ish-A·mer·i·can (spăn′ĭsh-ə-mĕr′ĭ-kən)
1. A native or inhabitant of Spanish America.
2. A US citizen or resident of Hispanic ancestry. See Usage Note at Hispanic.
adj. Spanish-American
1. Of or relating to Spanish America or its peoples or cultures.
2. Of or relating to Spain and America, especially the United States.


1. (Placename) of or relating to any of the Spanish-speaking countries or peoples of the Americas
2. (Peoples) of or relating to any of the Spanish-speaking countries or peoples of the Americas
3. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Spanish America
4. (Languages) a Spanish-speaking person in the US
5. (Peoples) a Spanish-speaking person in the US

Span′ish Amer′ican

1. a citizen or resident of the U.S. of Spanish birth or descent.
2. a descendant of the Spanish-speaking population in parts of Mexico annexed by the U.S. as a result of the Texas revolt and the Mexican War.
3. a native or inhabitant of Spanish America.


1. of or pertaining to Spanish America or its inhabitants.
2. belonging to, pertaining to, or involving both Spain and the U.S., or the people of the two countries.
3. of or pertaining to Spanish Americans.
[1780–90, Amer.]
References in classic literature ?
In the general rejoicing throughout the country which followed the close of the Spanish-American war, peace celebrations were arranged in several of the large cities.
And then he made his eloquent appeal to the consciences of the white Americans: "When you have gotten the full story or the heroic conduct of the Negro in the Spanish-American war, have heard it from the lips of Northern soldier and Southern soldier, from ex-abolitionist and ex-masters, then decide within yourselves whether a race that is thus willing to die for its country should not be given the highest opportunity to live for its country.
The part of the speech which seems to arouse the wildest and most sensational enthusiasm was that in which I thanked the President for his recognition of the Negro in his appointments during the Spanish-American war.
It is suggestive that Anthony is not a common name in England, while Antonio is so in all Spanish or Spanish-American countries.
The 46 newly discovered flags including banners from battles in Asia and from the Spanish-American War had originally been put on display in 1913.
The 1898 Spanish-American War artillery battery fort was one of four forts on St.
Resistance to the Spanish-American and Philippine Wars
The first section of this article examines the dominant perception that the United States was both a powerful as well as convenient ally for Spanish-American nations, and a model of republicanism worth following.
The 1898 Battle of San Juan Hill, the decisive battle of the Spanish-American War, was fought on which island?
It describes black service in the American Revolution and Civil War; the service of Buffalo Soldiers in the peacetime army beginning in 1866; the Ninth Cavalry from its organization in 1866 through its service in the Indian Wars; the service of the Tenth Cavalry from its organization through the Spanish-American War and the Punitive Expedition; the Twenty-Fourth Infantry (which included the only female soldier in the regiments) from 1869 to its service beyond desegregation; the experiences of the Twenty-Fifth Infantry from 1869 until all-black regiments no longer existed; the service of these four regiments in the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, and the Punitive Expedition into Mexico; and the ongoing struggle of black Americans to serve during World War I.
Estudio monografico, Manhattan, Society of Spanish and Spanish-American Studies, co-author Antolin Gonzalez del Valle.
The Contemporary Spanish-American Novel: Bolano and After.