Definition of African American in English:

African American

Syllabification: Af·ri·can A·mer·i·can
chiefly US


  • A black American.
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    • Even as a teenager, she had felt drawn to work with African Americans and Native Americans.
    • Yet it still lagged behind the literature of other American minorities, especially African Americans.
    • The people who taught me the most about what it means to be American are African Americans.


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  • Of or relating to black Americans.
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    • He will join a number of African-American men who are making a real mark on American culture.
    • The man most Americans say ought to be their nation's first African-American leader is today closer than ever to the seat of power.
    • I would ask you the same question with regard to the African-American population.


See black (usage).

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