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American

noun Amer·i·can \ ə-ˈmer-ə-kən , -ˈmər- , -ˈme-rə- \
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

Examples of american in a Sentence

  1. Americans in all 50 states.

  2. The President's speech began with the words “My fellow Americans…”.

First Known Use of american

1568

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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American

adjective
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

Americanness

play \-kə(n)-nəs\ noun

First Known Use of american

1580

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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AMERICAN Defined for English Language Learners

American

  • : a person born, raised, or living in the U.S.

  • : a person born, raised, or living in North America or South America


American

  • : of or relating to the U.S. or its citizens

  • : of or relating to North America, South America, or the people who live there


AMERICAN Defined for Kids

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American

noun Amer·i·can \ ə-ˈmer-ə-kən \
1 : a citizen of the United States
2 : a person born or living in North or South America

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American

adjective
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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