all-American


1all–Amer·i·can

adjective \ˌl-ə-ˈmer-ə-kən, -ˈme-rə-\

: having qualities that are thought to be typical of people in the U.S. or that are widely admired in the U.S.

sports : selected as one of the best in the U.S. in a particular sport

: having only all-American players

Full Definition of ALL-AMERICAN

1
a also all–Amer·i·ca \-ə-kə\ :  selected (as by a poll of journalists) as one of the best in the United States in a particular category at a particular time <an all–American quarterback>
b :  having only all-American participants <an all–American basketball team>
2
:  composed wholly of American elements
3
:  representative or typical of the United States or its ideals <an all–American boy> <her all–American optimism>
4
:  of or relating to the American nations as a group

First Known Use of ALL-AMERICAN

1888

2all–American

noun

Definition of ALL-AMERICAN

1
also all–Amer·i·ca :  one (as an athlete) that is voted all-American
2
:  one that has all-American qualities or characteristics <a clean-cut all–American>

First Known Use of ALL-AMERICAN

1920

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