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[span-ish] /ˈspæn ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Spain, its people, or their language.
noun
2.
the Spanish people collectively.
3.
a Romance language, the language of Spain, standard also in most of Latin America except Brazil.
Abbreviation: Sp, Sp.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see Spain, -ish1
Related forms
anti-Spanish, adjective
half-Spanish, adjective
non-Spanish, adjective, noun
pre-Spanish, adjective
pro-Spanish, adjective
pseudo-Spanish, adjective
quasi-Spanish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pre spanish

Spanish

/ˈspænɪʃ/
noun
1.
the official language of Spain, Mexico, and most countries of South and Central America except Brazil: also spoken in Africa, the Far East, and elsewhere. It is the native language of approximately 200 million people throughout the world. Spanish is an Indo-European language belonging to the Romance group
2.
(functioning as pl) the Spanish, Spaniards collectively
adjective
3.
of or relating to the Spanish language or its speakers
4.
of or relating to Spain or Spaniards
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Word Origin and History for pre spanish

Spanish

c.1200, from Spaine "Spain," from Old French Espaigne (see Spaniard). Replaced Old English Speonisc. For Spanish Main see main. Spanish moss is attested from 1823. Spanish fly, the fabled aphrodisiac (ground-up cantharis blister-beetles), is attested from c.1600. Spanish-American War was so called in British press speculations early 1898, even before it began in April. For Spanish Inquisition (by c.1600), see Inquisition.

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