Ladino, a term applied throughout Central America, and particularly in Nicaragua and Guatemala, to the mestizo or half-breed descendants of whites and Indians. It was sometimes, though rarely, used by the royal governors and officers very nearly in the sense of criollo or Creole, to distinguish Spaniards born in the country from those who had emigrated from the Peninsula. In the production of the ladino the white element has almost always been represented by the father, inasmuch as few women accompanied the first settlers on their voyage to America. The ladinos are for the most part of a yellowish orange tinge; the males more nearly approach to the European in form and feature than the females, in whom the Indian element predominates, but who may be said to be the handsomest women in Central America. The ladinos disdain all manual labor, and seek to adopt the same pursuits as the whites, with whom they desire to be confounded as much as possible; hence a multitude of candidates for a very limited number of government offices, the result of which is that the ladinos form a restless, turbulent class, to whom may be attributed in a great measure the civil wars and general insecurity of the Central American republics.