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Spanish American


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A native or inhabitant of Spanish America.
  • n. A U.S. citizen or resident of Hispanic descent. See Usage Note at Hispanic.
  • adj. Of or relating to Spanish America or its peoples or cultures.
  • adj. Of or relating to Spain and America, especially the United States.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the parts of America where Spanish is the vernacular.
  • n. An American of Spanish blood; a citizen of a Spanish-American state.
  • Of or pertaining to the parts of America settled or controlled by Spaniards or their descendants, and where Spanish, more or less modified, is the vernacular.
  • n. An American of Spanish blood; a citizen of a Spanish-American state.

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

  • n. an American whose first language is Spanish


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  • In the West Indies and South America, Spain held mainly what are still known as Spanish American countries, besides Cuba, Porto Rico, and part of Hayti; France had Guadeloupe, Martinique, and the western half of Hayti; England, Jamaica, Barbadoes, and some of the smaller islands.

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  • Simon Bolivar 200 years ago hinted about some Spanish American alliance.

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  • Cohen and the two Spanish American agents were about to open the safe when they heard police sirens outside waking up the neighborhood.

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  • True, the war in Iraq got me thinking about war fever, but the book was about the Spanish American war, not the Iraq War.

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  • I suppose you would have to go back to the slavery debates between Calhoun and Clay or, perhaps, the debate over the Spanish American war?

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  • In the 70s, the late Walter Karp wrote about the relationship between domestic politics and aggressive foreign policy in the era of the Spanish American war and World War One and it may surprise many readers who view the era as a sleepy one.

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  • Salmon's academic focus was on Spanish American literature and culture, with a concentration in poetry.

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  • At the same time I played quite a few games of Spanish American war of 1889 using a variant of the same rules.

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  • I am a Spanish American and my naturalized citizen parents taught me that they had given me the gift of citizenship and it was my job to be a good citizen and I was to become part of the mainstream.

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  • History proves the Hearst newspapers incited the Spanish American war and the Spanish or Cubans had no part in the explosion on the Maine.

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