Spanish Loanwords A-Z

Many expressions from the Spanish language are used in English. We picked one for every letter of the alphabet. Can you guess the loanwords?
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Spanish Loanword
A naval fleet. The Spanish one was defeated in 1588
A
Armada
New York word for a convenience store
B
Bodega
Francisco Pizarro and Hernán Cortés, for example
C
Conquistador
Means "slowly". Also the most popular song on YouTube
D
Despacito
The Spanish colonialists were looking for this town of pure gold
E
El Dorado
State of "Flowers" which joined the U.S. in 1845
F
Florida
Combatants which use irregular military tactics, such as the Viet Cong
G
Guerrilleros
Sandy, Andrew, Harvey, Katrina etc.
H
Hurricane
Native American empire based in modern-day Peru
I
Inca
Government led by military commander, common in 1980s Latin America
J
Junta
Small, flat island. Hemingway's "West" is probably the most famous one
K
Key
"The Angels"
L
Los Angeles
Cocktail consisting of limes, sugar, mint and rum
M
Mojito
Triangular tortilla chips
N
Nachos
Three-letter expression of triumph. Used by bullfighters and football players
O
Olé
South Carolina's nickname
P
Palmetto
The Guatemalan currency or a colourful Central American bird
Q
Quetzal
The Spanish one was completed in 1492 ending in the Fall of Granada
R
Reconquista
Wide-brimmed hat
S
Sombrero
This alcoholic drink "makes me happy"
T
Tequila
 
U
 
The feeling that objects are moving. Alternatively a 1958 Hitchcock film
V
Vertigo
 
W
 
 
X
 
Original name of the settlement which became San Francisco, California
Y
Yerba Buena
Meaning "Fox". Known from films with a black mask covering the upper half of the face
Z
Zorro
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