American

noun
Amer·​i·​can | \ ə-ˈmer-ə-kən How to pronounce American (audio) , -ˈmər- How to pronounce American (audio) , -ˈme-rə- \

Definition of American

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an American Indian of North America or South America
2 : a native or inhabitant of North America or South America
3 : a native or inhabitant of the U.S. : a U.S. citizen

American

adjective

Definition of American (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to America American people
2 : of or relating to the U.S. or its possessions or original territory American soldiers American embassies American states American culture

Other Words from American

Adjective

Americanness \ ə-​ˈmer-​ə-​kə(n)-​nəs How to pronounce American (audio) , -​ˈmər-​ , -​ˈme-​rə-​ \ noun

Examples of American in a Sentence

Noun Americans in all 50 states. The President's speech began with the words “My fellow Americans…”.

First Known Use of American

Noun

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of American was in 1568

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“American.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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American

noun
Amer·​i·​can | \ ə-ˈmer-ə-kən How to pronounce American (audio) \

Kids Definition of American

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a citizen of the United States
2 : a person born or living in North or South America

American

adjective

Kids Definition of American (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the United States or its citizens
2 : of or relating to North or South America or their residents

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