African American

noun
variants: or less commonly African-American \ ˌa-​fri-​kə-​nə-​ˈmer-​ə-​kən How to pronounce African American (audio) , -​ˈme-​rə-​ also  ˌä-​ \
plural African Americans also African-Americans

Definition of African American

: an American of African and especially of Black African descent

Other Words from African American

African American or less commonly African-American adjective

First Known Use of African American

1782, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2021

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“African American.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/African%20American. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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African-American

noun

Kids Definition of African-American

: an American having African and especially black African ancestors

Other Words from African American

African-American adjective

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