I know the word Francophile is someone who likes France and the French. I also know of Anglophiles that is a similar word for the British. Is there such a word for the Spanish though?

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    This question made me wonder whether there is a word in English for someone who ardently admires the longtime Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.
    – Sven Yargs
    Jul 26, 2015 at 6:18

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Iberophile seems to be commonly used to refer to a love of all things Spanish.

This book even uses "Francophile" and "Iberophile" in the same sentence.

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    Iberophile is not, in my experience, limited to all things Spanish, but to all thing Iberian. In other words, it includes Catalan, Basque, European Portuguese, etc., but excludes Latin America, Brazilian or Angolan Portuguese, etc. Jul 26, 2015 at 12:40
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    @JanusBahsJacquet Common usage would seem to indicate otherwise, not to mention the etymology of Ibero- being from the Greek word for "Spaniards."
    – Gnawme
    Jul 26, 2015 at 21:29

The closest you can come is "Hispanophile," but this might restrict your love to Spain or it might mean any Spanish-speaking place, of which there are numerous outside the Iberian peninsula.


Both the Spanish Monarchy and subsequent government of Francisco Franco were generally disliked because of their extreme greed, avarice and authoritarianism. A word for "Love of Spain" therefore never came into common use. Iberophile denotes a love for Iberian culture that includes both Spain and Portugal without any political connotations.

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  • Hispanophile and iberophile are both good, but only hispanophile is on Merriam-Webster
    – Anon Ymous
    Nov 28, 2023 at 22:56

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