Definition of African American in English:

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African American

Pronunciation: /ˈafrəkən əˈmerəkən/
chiefly US

noun

A black American.
Example sentences
  • 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.

adjective

Relating to black Americans.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Usage

See black (usage).

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

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