A Hispanic is a person who descends from Spanish forebears or from one of the many cultures in the world that owe their origins to Spain.
The term comes from Hispania, the Latin word for Spain used by the ancient Romans, who conquered that region in the second century B.C.
It is commonly used to refer to the culture, peoples, or nations with a historical link to Spain, especially the countries of Latin America which were colonized by Spain.
The main cultural element shared by Hispanic peoples are the Spanish and Portuguese languages.
A Hispanic American is a Hispanic who is a citizen or resident of the United States.