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Latin America

noun
1.
the part of the American continents south of the United States in which Spanish, Portuguese, or French is officially spoken.
Related forms
Latin American, adjective, noun
Latin-American, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for latin-american

Latin America

noun
1.
those areas of America whose official languages are Spanish and Portuguese, derived from Latin: South America, Central America, Mexico, and certain islands in the Caribbean
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Word Origin and History for latin-american

Latin America

1862; see Latin (adj.). Related: Latin American (adj.), 1871.

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Latin America definition


A term applied to all of the Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking nations south of the United States.

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Encyclopedia Article for latin-american

Latin America

history of the region from the pre-Columbian period and including colonization by the Spanish and Portuguese beginning in the 15th century, the 19th-century wars of independence, and developments to the end of World War II.

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