Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • The countries of the Western Hemisphere south of the United States, especially those speaking Spanish, Portuguese, or French.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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  • proper noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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

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