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
(functioning as pl) the Spanish, Spaniards collectively
of or relating to the Spanish language or its speakers
c.1200, from Spaine "Spain," from O.Fr. Espaigne (see Spaniard). Replaced O.E. Speonisc. For Spanish Main see main. Spanish moss is attested from 1823. Spanglish as a form of Spanish deformed by English words and idioms is attested from 1967, from Sp. Espanglish (1954). Spanish fly, the fabled aphrodisiac (ground-up cantharis blister-beetles), is attested from c.1600.