Definition: "Hispanic"

Ask any person, and they'll all provide different answers on the definition of "Hispanic".  Experts have yet to come to an exact agreement on the term.  For every Hispanic, there may just be as many definitions of "Hispanic".

Listed below is some research we did on the subject.  While our favorite definitions are the first 2 below, they are by no means necessarily the definitions all will identify with. 

Evergreen State College
Let's start by saying what it is not. It is not a racial identification. Hispanic is more of a regional identification like saying "North American."  Hispanics come in all sizes and shapes. There are Jewish, Arab, Asian, Indian and White Hispanics as well as brown. What most Americans perceive as brown is actually a mix of Indian and White. When Spanish explorers settled the Americas...they intermarried with the Indian women...the result was a new racial identity known as mestizos.

U.S. Census Bureau
Persons of Hispanic origin, in particular, were those who indicated that their origin was Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or some other Hispanic origin. It should be noted that persons of Hispanic origin maybe of any race.
from: The Hispanic Population in the United States: March 1993, Current Population Reports, Population Characteristics, Series P20-475.

WordNet: Cognitive Science Laboratory of Princeton University
Related to a Spanish-speaking people or culture.

North Carolina Public Schools
Person of Latin American or Spanish descent.

Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn Public Library Web Project
Things or people that come from Spain or Spanish-speaking Latin America.

Intel Company's Recognized Supplier Diversity Classifications & Definitions
A US citizen of true born Hispanic heritage, from any of the Spanish-speaking areas of Latin America or the following regions: Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean Basin only.

University of Nevada (Reno)
Persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.