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Hispanics are originally people from Spanish-speaking countries in Europe (Spain) and Latin America (Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, etc).

In Spain, the term Hispanic refers to people of that country or those who can claim Spanish ancestry. It also refers to countries that have Spanish-based cultures such as those found in Latin America.

In the United States, the term Hispanic was chiefly made up to group together disparate groups from Latin America that shared common cultural attributes, religion, and language but were not racially the same. In the 1970s and 1980s, on Census-based forms and questionnaires, Hispanic began appearing as a racial category; this oversight caused confusion. Today, Census-based forms have been modified to allow Hispanics to identify if they are black, white, or multi-racial.

Hispanics are chiefly white/mestizo. In countries like Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, and Colombia, whites make up the overwhelming majority. Whereas in places like Cuba amd Dominican Republic, blacks comprise the majority. Countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador are dominated by mestizos.

The term Hispanic recently has been rejected in favor of the newer term Latino; sometimes Hispanic and Latino are used interchangeably (although, depending on who one asks and location within the US, term preferences vary).

Hispanics DO NOT include Brazilians or Portuguese as they do not speak Spanish. But Filippinos and African from Equatorial Guinea can be grouped in that category.
1) Hispanics can be of any race, religion, and ethnic origin. For example, people in Chile or Paraguay of German ancestry can be considered Hispanic

2) Peru has a large Japanese population (e.g., Alberto Fujimori). These are considered Hispanics in the United States
by Preston Manning May 16, 2006
pl. hispanics

01. descendant of the honkies/white people of spain - all of spain.

02. white person/honky pretending to be a "horse of a different color" so they can be given special government privileges & protections that are reserved for groups with protected status.

03. honky/white person with olive complexion due to genetic origins from spain.

04. spanish colonial and his/her descendants who are trying to maintain their special spanish 'casta' status by socio-political deception.
A: What's the difference between a hispanic and a honky?

B: I don't know. Don't they both have ancestors from the same continent, Europe?

A: Yeah. That's were most of the caucasians/whites/honkies come from.
by It's not mean if it's true. August 04, 2008
Someone who is from any spanish speaking country. Not to be confused with latino, which is actually different. A latino is someone from latin america, a hispanic is someone from any spanish speaking country (Like the spanish speaking countries in europe.) The definition varies in different places though.
Guy1: I come from Mexico, so I am hispanic and latino.
Guy2: I'm from Spain so i'm hispanic.
by Maarbarian May 04, 2005
Hispanic: Literally meaning Spanish. The Latin word for Spain is HISPANIA like the Spanish word for Spain is ESPANA. So scientifically speaking a douche bag white person from Spain like Cortez would be classified as Hispanicus. Since people don't speak Latin all too often it easy to ignorantly use the word to describe and or classify native Americans from places like Mexico, Guatemala etc. just because they speak the puke language of Spain.
There is a Hispanic male driving a stolen car on the 101. haha
by Blue Laughter October 02, 2008
Anyone who descends from a Spanish or formerly Spanish colony (with the exception of the Southwest US) or Spain. "Hispanic" is simply an ethnicity, NOT a race. Hispanics are mostly mestizo (of white and Amerindian descent) in most Spanish-speaking countries, with the exception of Spain and Argentina (whose populations are mostly white.) Spain's people are mixed Mediterranean and Nordic/Aryan.
Hispanics in the SW US are mostly bilingual, but futher north, they just speak English.
by llama November 25, 2003
A person having origins in one of the following countries:

• Argentina
• Bolivia
• Chile
• Costa Rica
• Cuba
• Dominican Republic
• Ecuador
• El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
• Congo
• Guatemala
• Honduras
• Panama
• Paraguay
• Peru
• Spain
• Uruguay
• Venezuela

A person from Puerto Rico is also Hispanic. This term is not to be confused with "Latino", which refers specifically to someone from Latin America, excluding Spain and African countries.
I am from Spain, so I am "Hispanic" but not "Latino".
by Robert Koehler February 10, 2006
A person who has a conquistador as an ancestor. It is a liberal word used to qualify the descendent of a conquistador for liberal entitlements.
Pablo says he's hispanic, but I know he's nothing but a mexican.
by Delicious Tuna Wanda September 25, 2007
A made up word to describe the people of the non-existent land of Hispania
Are you Hispanic?

Do I look like I come from Hispania?
by KSf3izzle December 08, 2007