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Hispanic

[hi-span-ik] /hɪˈspæn ɪk/
adjective
1.
2.
Latin American:
the United States and its Hispanic neighbors.
noun
3.
Also, Hispano. Also called Hispanic American. none Hispano-American. an American citizen or resident of Spanish or Latin-American descent.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin hispānicus. See Hispania, -ic
Related forms
Hispanically, adverb
non-Hispanic, adjective
pre-Hispanic, adjective
trans-Hispanic, adjective
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  • Traditional prehispanic beverages made with cacao are still consumed in mexico.
British Dictionary definitions for prehispanic

Hispanic

/hɪˈspænɪk/
adjective
1.
relating to, characteristic of, or derived from Spain or Spanish-speaking countries
noun
2.
(US) a person of Latin-American or Spanish descent living in the US
Usage note
his is the word most generally used in the US to refer to people of Latin American or Spanish ancestry
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Word Origin and History for prehispanic

Hispanic

adj.

"pertaining to Spain" (especially ancient Spain) 1580s, from Latin Hispanicus, from Hispania "Iberian Peninsula," from Hispanus "Spaniard" (see Spaniard). Specific application to Spanish-speaking parts of the New World is 1889, American English; especially applied since c.1972 to Spanish-speaking persons of Latin American descent living in U.S.

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