non-Amer·​i·​can ˌnän-ə-ˈmer-ə-kən How to pronounce non-American (audio)
: not of or relating to America or the U.S. : not American
… his literary precursors … are mostly non-American.John Barth
non-American noun
… those things that non-Americans most immediately associate with America. Anthony Quinton

Examples of non-American in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Qualifying restaurants are locally owned, non-American, located in Fairfield and have fewer than five locations, Kaelin said. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 10 Apr. 2024 But for non-American films there is the best international feature film category, which is an extremely prestigious reward. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 The court noted that U.S. prosecutors have also said the First Amendment may not apply to Assange as a non-American citizen. Kevin Shalvey, ABC News, 26 Mar. 2024 TCUs serve a variety of people, from young adults to senior citizens, AI to non-American Indians. Brennan Barnard, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 In theory, this means the Academy is more open than it’s ever been to non-American filmmakers. Vulture, 24 Jan. 2024 Being a non-American rapper, 21 rightfully didn’t face professional blowback for his heritage (save for a few idiots on Twitter) and his credibility as a master of menace remains intact. Grant Rindner, Variety, 16 Jan. 2024 While there are some prominent non-American A.I. companies, like France’s Mistral, the recent upheaval at OpenAI, the maker of ChatGPT, has highlighted how concentrated the industry remains. John Yoon, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 The offering – which is hosted by the service as a unique title alongside the non-American Sign Language version – is the first Warner Bros. movie to feature ASL as a language option. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of non-American was in 1850

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“Non-American.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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