Spanish



of or relating to , its people, or their language.
the Spanish people collectively.
a Romance language, the language of , standard also in most of Latin America except Brazil.
Abbreviation: Sp, Sp.
Contemporary Examples

Jews of Sephardic origin were protected by a law of 1924 that granted them Spanish citizenship.
The Week in Death: Suzanne Gelleri Dear The Telegraph December 14, 2013

Six months after becoming a Shiite Muslim, Giganti entered into his first temporary marriage with a Spanish Catholic woman.
Islam’s Sex Licenses Betwa Sharma April 28, 2009

Cecilia Gimenez botched the restoration of a 19th-century Spanish fresco.
Spain: Woman Who Ruined Religious Fresco Wants Royalties The Telegraph September 20, 2012

In his books, he asserted a revisionist thesis: Spanish Jews converted to Christianity willingly, not under duress.
Benzion Netanyahu’s Legacies Gershom Gorenberg April 30, 2012

Fur-lined handcuffs and Spanish Fly tablets were also turned up.
He Wanted to Kill 50 Women Barbie Latza Nadeau August 17, 2010

Historical Examples

On the Spanish side one lieutenant and one soldier were killed.
The Philippine Islands John Foreman

A deal with the Rothschilds for control of the Spanish mines had fallen through.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

The name comes from the Spanish town Bilbao, where they were first made.
The Chronicles of Newgate, vol. 1/2 Arthur Griffiths

There is much Spanish blazonry also, if I could but read it.
The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle

My father, Mr. Merry, the Spanish minister, are all men of affairs.
The Magnificent Adventure Emerson Hough

noun
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
adjective
of or relating to the Spanish language or its speakers
of or relating to Spain or Spaniards

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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