1. Of or relating to Spain or its people or culture.
2. Of or relating to the Spanish language.
1. The Romance language of the largest part of Spain and most of Central and South America.
2. (used with a pl. verb) The people of Spain.
[Alteration (influenced by Latin Hispānia, Spain) of Middle English Spainish, from Spaine, Spain, from Old French Espaigne; see SPANIARD.]
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