Americanization

noun

Amer·​i·​can·​i·​za·​tion ə-ˌmer-ə-kə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce Americanization (audio)
-ˌmər-,
-ˌme-rə-
1
: the act or process of Americanizing
2
: instruction of foreigners (such as immigrants) in English and in U.S. history, government, and culture

Examples of Americanization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was a routine gesture of Americanization that many of the stars of that era underwent. Mayukh Sen, The New Yorker, 30 Aug. 2023 Even if its Americanization follows a standard template, the movie maintains a flavorful sprinkling of the material’s cultural specificity, its spiritual elements and its philosophical lessons about hubris and humility. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Aug. 2023 One of the biggest is that… the mind boggles at trying to work out exactly how an Americanization of this wholly Korean story can even work before the show just becomes a whole different thing. Andy Meek, BGR, 12 Nov. 2021 That might scare off a lot of creators from remaking it, but not Hagai Levi (The Affair, In Treatment), who directs and co-writes this Americanization that finds Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain stepping into roles originated by Erland Josephson and Liv Liv Ullmann. Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Americanization was in 1849

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“Americanization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Americanization. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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