Uncle Sam

noun
Un·​cle Sam | \ ˌəŋ-kəl-ˈsam How to pronounce Uncle Sam (audio) \

Definition of Uncle Sam

1 : the U.S. government
2 : the American nation or people

Examples of Uncle Sam in a Sentence

Uncle Sam wants you to join the Army!

First Known Use of Uncle Sam

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Uncle Sam

expansion of U.S., abbreviation of United States

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“Uncle Sam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Uncle%20Sam. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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Uncle Sam

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Uncle Sam

informal : the American government, nation, or people pictured or thought of as a person

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