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What's the Difference Between Hispanic and Latino?

Publication Date: Feb 15, 2019
If you've ever wondered what is the difference between both terms, keep on reading for the definitions.

Definition of Hispanic


  • Being a person of Latin American descent and especially of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin living in the U.S.
  • Of or relating to the people, speech, or culture of Spain. (Merriam Webster Dictionary, 2019)

Definition of Latino


A person who was born or lives in South America, Central America, or Mexico or a person in the U.S. whose family is originally from South America, Central America, or Mexico. (Merriam Webster Dictionary, 2019)


As expressed on the following video these terms are used interchangeably but there are some differences.