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From Middle English Spainish, Spanish, from Spain + -ish.


  • enPR: spăn'ĭsh, IPA(key): /ˈspæn.ɪʃ/
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  • Rhymes: -ænɪʃ


Spanish (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to Spain.
    • 2005, J. P. Sullivan, Martial, the unexpected classic, page 1:
      Whether Martial's heart was in the Spanish highlands or whether he was happy enough in Rome will be discussed later []
  2. Of or pertaining to the people or culture of Spain.
    • 1996, Oscar Zeta Acosta, "From Whence I Came", Oscar "Zeta" Acosta: the uncollected works, page 42
      Though she was Indian like the rest of us, she had a fine Spanish nose.
    • 2007, Lynette Rohrer Shirk, chapter 1, in The Everything Tapas and Small Plates Cookbook:
      Spanish cuisine is not as spicy hot as Mexican, but it is flavorful and bright.
  3. Of or pertaining to the Spanish language.
    • 1918, Julián Moreno-Lacalle, Elements of Spanish Pronunciation, page 12:
      Fundamentally, the Spanish vowel sounds are only five, even though as a matter of fact there may be different other sounds for such vowels as [a], [e] and [o].


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Spanish (countable and uncountable, plural Spanish or Spanishes)

  1. (uncountable) A Romance language primarily spoken in Spain and in the Americas.
    • 1873, Frederick Marryat, Mr. Midshipman Easy, page 163:
      "If he speaks Spanish, my daughter can converse with him ; she has but shortly arrived from Spain."
    • 1928, Otto Jespersen, An International Language, page 48:
      Therefore in Novial, as well as in Esp-Ido, we simplify the spelling in all words containing double letters in the national languages, from which the words are taken: pasa (E pass, F passer), efekte, komun (F commun, E common), etc. In this we follow the beautiful example of Spanish, which writes pasar, efecto, común, etc., and even extend it to cases in which Spanish makes a distinction in sound and spelling, as with ll and rr: bel S bello, F belle, koresponda, S corresponder, etc.
    • 1995, Hanna Pishwa & Karl Maroldt (editors), The Development of Morphological Systematicity, page 146:
      In contrast with the creole languages discussed above, the article systems of Rumanian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese are more complex, since neutralization fails to occur to a large extent.
  2. (collective plural) People of Spain, collectively.
    • 1976, Robert Rézette, The Spanish Enclaves in Morocco, page 62:
      The Spanish are not the only ones selling their goods along the wharves and the inner streets.
  3. (US, informal, collective in the plural) People of Hispanic origin; one whose first language is Spanish.
    • 1970, Henry Sioux Johnson, William J. Hernández-Martinez, Educating the Mexican American, page 87
      Sixty-four percent more Spanish are functionally illiterate compared to Anglos in Lubbock (only 15 percent more of nonwhites than Anglos).
  4. (uncountable) Spanish cuisine; traditional Spanish food.



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  1. A town in Ontario, Canada

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