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10:55 Feb 20, 2008
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English term or phrase: Hispanic vs. Latino
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Not Hispanic or Latino)
[is there any difference between the two races - my dictionaries say both terms mean the same)
kgas
Poland
Local time: 10:18
English translation:slight difference
Explanation:
According to the Oxford English Dictionary Hispanic could have a slightly wider meaning - anyone of Spanish descent (although chiefly living in the US, whereas Latino means someone of Latin-American descent living in the US.

But generally I would say that the two are interchangeable except perhaps in very technical circumstances.
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Vicky Nash
United Kingdom
Local time: 09:18
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8 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
hispanic vs. latino
slight difference


Explanation:
According to the Oxford English Dictionary Hispanic could have a slightly wider meaning - anyone of Spanish descent (although chiefly living in the US, whereas Latino means someone of Latin-American descent living in the US.

But generally I would say that the two are interchangeable except perhaps in very technical circumstances.

Vicky Nash
United Kingdom
Local time: 09:18
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 8
Grading comment
Thank you!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  kmtext: Collins agrees too. Hispanic covers both, whereas Latino is more specific to people of Latin American origin.
1 hr
  -> Thanks :) I wasn't quite clear enough on that!

neutral  Wagner Azevedo: not every inhabitant of Latin America are Hispanic, and different languages are spoken in the area: Spanish, Portuguese, French, English, and many native languages as well. Latin American people do not appreciate being referred to as Latinos.
1 hr
  -> Thanks - I could only go by the dictionary/ my experience, but obviously there is a bigger cultural difference. :)
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