Definitions

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  • proper n. Those parts of the Americas which speak Spanish or Portuguese, Latin-derived languages: South America, Central America, Mexico, and most islands of the Carribean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. That part of the American continents that speak Spanish, Portuguese, or French; the part of the American continents south of the United States.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the parts of North America and South America to the south of the United States where Romance languages are spoken

Etymologies

From French Amérique latine thought to be coined by French Emperor Napoleon III. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Chile rose two places to 39th, taking back from Peru, which fell two spots to 41st, the title of Latin America's most business- friendly economy.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Other countries, such as China, are taking advantage of the potential in Latin America, which is attracting a growing share of capital inflow to emerging markets.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • And we are seeing a recovery in Latin America, which is offsetting some seasonal decline we saw in Canada in the second quarter.

  • In Latin America, that is legal only in neighboring Argentina and in Mexico City.

    The Seattle Times

  • Venezuela's newly inaugurated state forensics laboratory is taking as its first case the death of the hero some call Latin America's George Washington.

    Irons in the Fire

  • So I wasn’t super surprised that when I call Latin America and say in broken Spanish, “Can I speak with person X?”

    Un Momento « Christopher Colaninno

  • Moreover, the countries that have adopted our ideals—nations in Latin America, Africa, and Asia—are more stable, more peaceful, and more likely to support us when we need their help.

    The Good Fight

  • Our expat life in Latin America also proved that English had a special place even among the larger languages.

    The English Is Coming!

  • Such stasis in the aggregate is possible only through the influx of Catholics from another source—immigration, largely from predominantly Catholic nations in Latin America.

    American Grace

  • But then my life had taken some surprising turns and I had grown to love God with all my heart and had spent many years living in Latin America and later in Siberia as a missionary with my husband and our six children.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery

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