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the part of the American continents south of the United States in which Spanish, Portuguese, or French is officially spoken.
those areas of America whose official languages are Spanish and Portuguese, derived from Latin: South America, Central America, Mexico, and certain islands in the Caribbean

1862; see Latin (adj.). Related: Latin American (adj.), 1871.

A term applied to all of the Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking nations south of the United States.


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