The term Hispanic ( , , hispàno) broadly refers to the peoples, nations, and cultures that have a historical link to Spain. It commonly applies to countries once colonized by Spain, particularly the countries of Latin America. It could be argued that the term should apply to all Spanish-speaking cultures or countries, as the historical roots of the word specifically pertain to the Iberian region. It is difficult to label a nation or culture with one term, such as Hispanic, as the ethnicities, customs, traditions, and art forms (music, literature, dress, architecture, cuisine, and others) vary greatly by country and region. The Spanish language and Spanish culture are the main traditions.
Noun 1. an American whose first language is Spanish (synonym) Spanish American, Hispanic American, Latino (hypernym) American Adjective 1. related to or derived from the people or culture of Spain; "the Hispanic population of California is growing rapidly" (synonym) Latino (pertainym) Spanish American, Hispanic American, Hispanic, Latino
This refers to persons who identified themselves in the enumeration process as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or of other Hispanic origin or descent. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race; thus, they are included in both the white and black population groups.