Spanish words entered the English vocabulary through three different key sources – Through trade across the oceans, through the southwest of America, and through food.
Trade between England and America with Spain took place over the course of many years and with a wide variety of goods. However, there was one particular good that although was not on the trade list, still managed to find its way on to the shores of these two English speaking countries – the Spanish vocabulary. To be specific, a set of Spanish words found their way to England and America thanks to the trade that took place between them.
Latin America also inspired the adaptation of multiple Spanish words into the English vocabulary. People, especially those living in the South of the United States of America (USA), brought these words to light among the English speaking natives. Apart from that, pop culture also played a vital role in this regard. Movies that portray the Wild West or are about cowboys deserve a lot of credit for this.
The last method of transport these Spanish words have used to enter the English vocabulary is food. From burritos to tortillas, some of the most amazing delicacies come from a Spanish origin and hence, their names have forever been inducted into the English language.
Now that we are familiar with how Spanish words got into the English language in the first place, it is time to work our way through some of the Spanish words you might encounter at the next spelling bee.
Spelling competitions are known for using words that come from different countries. Hence, you cannot skip this Spanish words list. We at Spelling Bee Ninja have prepared this list of Spanish words to prepare you for the upcoming spelling bee competition.
A small rodent (Chinchilla lanigera), of the size of a large squirrel, remarkable for its fine fur, which is very soft and of a pearly gray color. It is a native of Peru and Chili. – The fur of the chinchilla. – A heavy, long-napped, tufted woolen cloth.
One faithless to principle or party. – An apostate from Christianity or from any form of religious faith. – One who deserts from a military or naval post; a deserter. – A common vagabond; a worthless or wicked fellow.