African American

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

Definition of African American

: an American of African and especially of black African descent

Other Words from African American

African American or African-American adjective

First Known Use of African American

1782, in the meaning defined above

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“African American.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/African-American. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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African-American

noun

Kids Definition of African-American

: an American having African and especially black African ancestors

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African-American adjective

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