all-American

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

Definition of all-American 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a or less commonly all-America \-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

all-American

noun

Definition of all-American (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Adjective

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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all-American

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of all-American

: 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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