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Amer·​i·​can ə-ˈmer-ə-kən How to pronounce American (audio) -ˈmər- How to pronounce American (audio)
: an American Indian of North America or South America
: a native or inhabitant of North America or South America
: a native or inhabitant of the U.S. : a U.S. citizen


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: of or relating to America
American people
: of or relating to the U.S. or its possessions or original territory
American soldiers
American embassies
American states
American culture
ə-ˈmer-ə-kə(n)-nəs How to pronounce American (audio)

Examples of American in a Sentence

Noun Americans in all 50 states. The President's speech began with the words “My fellow Americans…”.
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History

First Known Use


1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of American was in 1568

Dictionary Entries Near American

Cite this Entry

“American.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


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Amer·​i·​can ə-ˈmer-ə-kən How to pronounce American (audio)
: a person born or living in North America or South America
especially : a citizen of the U.S.
: the English language used in the U.S.


2 of 2 adjective
: of or relating to North or South America or their residents
American coastline
: of or relating to the U.S. or its citizens
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