Hispanic, Latino, Latina, and Latinx: What Do They All Mean?

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 Hispanic, Latino, Latina, and Latinx: What Do They All Mean? | Latina on Real Estate

Many people are not sure which term to use, especially in advertising, so today we are going to explain what each one means.

Below are three definitions according to the Merriam Webster dictionary:


  • Of or relating to the people, speech, or culture of Spain or of Spain and Portugal.
  • Of, relating to, or being a person of Latin American descent living in the U.S.; especially: one of Cuban, Mexican, or Puerto Rican origin.


  • A native or inhabitant of Latin America.
  • A person of Latin American origin living in the U.S.


  • A woman or girl who is a native or inhabitant of Latin America.
  • A woman or girl of Latin American origin living in the U.S.

But what about Latinx?

Well, this term is not in the dictionary, but it began to emerge on the internet in 2004, and by the end of 2016, it became very popular.

What does Latinx mean?

As the Huffington Post explained, the word “Latinx” (pronounced “LA-teen-ex”),

Is the gender-neutral alternative to Latino, Latina and even Latin@. Used by scholars, activists and an increasing number of journalists, Latinx is quickly gaining popularity among the general public. It’s part of a “linguistic revolution” that aims to move beyond gender binaries and is inclusive of the intersecting identities of Latin American descendants. In addition to men and women from all racial backgrounds, Latinx also makes room for people who are trans, queer, agender, non-binary, gender non-conforming or gender fluid.”

Spanish is a language where nouns and adjectives take a masculine or feminine descriptor, and there is still no neutral pronoun accepted by the Royal Spanish Academy; “”Latinx” is the new preferred inclusive, gender-neutral way to identify people with Latin American roots of any kind,” explained Univision.

Bottom line,

Here in the United States, Latinx is a term that has been frequently used by scholars, activists, and even journalists.

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