American

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

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Other Words from American

Adjective

Americanness \-kə(n)-nəs \ 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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American

noun

English Language Learners Definition of American

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

American

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of American (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
Amer·i·can | \ə-ˈmer-ə-kən \

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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