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all-American

adjective all-Amer·i·can \ ˌȯl-ə-ˈmer-ə-kən , -ˈme-rə- \

Definition of all-American

1 a or less commonly all-America play \-ə-kə\ : selected (as by a poll of journalists) as one of the best in the U.S. in a particular category at a particular time
  • an all-American quarterback
b : having only all-American participants
  • an all-American basketball team
2 : composed wholly of American elements
3 : representative or typical of the U.S. or its ideals
  • an all-American boy
  • her all-American optimism
4 : of or relating to the American nations as a group

First Known Use of all-american

1887

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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all-American

noun

Definition of all-American

1 or less commonly all-America : one (such as an athlete) that is voted all-American
2 : one that has all-American qualities or characteristics
  • a clean-cut all-American

First Known Use of all-american

1888

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ALL-AMERICAN Defined for English Language Learners

all-American

Definition of all-American for English Language Learners

  • : having qualities that are thought to be typical of people in the U.S. or that are widely admired in the U.S.

  • sports : selected as one of the best in the U.S. in a particular sport

  • : having only all-American players


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