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all–American

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

Definition of all–American

  1. 1a or less commonly all–Americaplay \-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 quarterbackb :  having only all-American participants an all–American basketball team

  2. 2 :  composed wholly of American elements

  3. 3 :  representative or typical of the U.S. or its ideals an all–American boy her all–American optimism

  4. 4 :  of or relating to the American nations as a group

First Known Use of all–american

1887


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all–American

noun all–Amer·i·can

Definition of all–American

  1. 1 or less commonly all–America :  one (such as an athlete) that is voted all-American

  2. 2 :  one that has all-American qualities or characteristics a clean-cut all–American

First Known Use of all–american

1888


ALL–AMERICAN Defined for English Language Learners

all-American

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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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