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"Español" is a noun which is often translated as "Spanish", and "hispano" is an adjective which is often translated as "Hispanic". Learn more about the difference between "español" and "hispano" below.
español(
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pah
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nyohl
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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (language)
a. Spanish
El español se habla en muchos países a través de cuatro continentes.Spanish is spoken in many countries across four continents.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (nationality)
a. Spaniard
A muchos españoles les encanta el fútbol.Many Spaniards love soccer.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (of Spanish origin)
a. Spanish
No me gusta el cine español.I'm not fond of Spanish films.
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hispano(
ees
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pah
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noh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of Latin American origin)
a. Hispanic
En Texas hay muchos habitantes hispanos.Texas has lots of Hispanic inhabitants.
b. Latin-American
Me encanta la música hispana.I love Latin-American music.
c. Spanish-American
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
En el congreso, había muchos científicos hispanos, particularmente de la zona del Río de la Plata.In the conference, there were many Spanish-American scientists, particularly from the River Plate area.
2. (of Spanish origin)
a. Spanish
Los piratas ingleses capturaron un barco hispano proveniente de Barcelona.The English pirates captured a Spanish ship coming from Barcelona.
b. Hispanic
El ejército hispano derrotó a los moros.The Hispanic army defeated the Moors.
3. (of Latin American descent and living in the U.S.)
a. Hispanic
John está saliendo con una chica hispana.John is dating a Hispanic girl.
4. (related to people of Latin American descent in the U.S.)
a. Hispanic
En mi vecindario, hay algunas tiendas que venden productos hispanos.In my neighborhood, some shops carry Hispanic products.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
5. (person of Latin American descent in the U.S.)
a. Hispanic
Los hispanos son una comunidad grande en los Estados Unidos.Hispanics constitute a large part of the population in the United States.
6. (nationality)
a. Spaniard
Los hispanos conquistaron la mayoría de América Central y América del Sur.The Spaniards conquered most of Central and South America.
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