Latino

Latino

[luh-tee-noh, la-]
noun, plural Latinos.
a person of Latin-American or Spanish-speaking descent.
Also, latino.


Origin:
1945–50, Americanism; < American Spanish, special use of Spanish latino Latin, perhaps by ellipsis from latinoamericano Latin-American

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Latino (læˈtiːnəʊ)
 
n , pl -nos
(US) an inhabitant of the US who is of Latin American origin
 
La'tina
 
fem n

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Latino
"male Latin inhabitant of the United States" (fem. Latina), 1946, Amer.Eng., from Amer.Sp., shortening of Latinoamericano "Latin-American." As an adj., attested from 1974.
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