Latin America


Latin America
noun
the parts of North America and South America to the south of the United States where Romance languages are spoken (Freq. 3)
Derivationally related forms: ↑Latin-American
Regions: ↑North America, ↑South America
Members of this Region: ↑llano
Member Meronyms: ↑Latin American, ↑Latino
Part Meronyms: ↑Central America

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ˌLatin Aˈmerica [Latin America] noun uncountable
the parts of the Americas in which Spanish or Portuguese is the main language
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The continent of America is divided into North America and South America. The narrow region joining North and South America is Central America.
North America, which is a geographical term, consists of the United States of America, Canada and Mexico. Latin America, a cultural term, refers to the non-English speaking countries of Central and South America, where mainly Portuguese and Spanish are spoken. Mexico is part of Latin America.
The United States of America is usually shortened to the USA, the US, the States or simply America:

the US President

Have you ever been to the States?

She emigrated to America in 1995.

Many people from other parts of the continent dislike this use of America to mean just the US, but it is very common.
American is usually used to talk about somebody or something from the United States of America:

Do you have an American passport?

American football

I’m not American, I’m Canadian.

Latin American and South American are used to refer to other parts of the continent:

Latin American dance music

Quite a lot of South Americans study here.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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