Definition of American in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈmerəkən/


1Relating to or characteristic of the United States or its inhabitants: the election of a new American president
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  • I suggest to her that the desire to communicate, and the ability to do so, are very American characteristics, and very good ones.
  • A large image of the flag of the United States honours six American astronauts lost with the Columbia.
  • He was nonetheless to spend many years with his American wife in the United States, lecturing and teaching.
1.1Relating to or denoting the continents of America: the American continent south of the tropic of Cancer
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  • In terms of geography, both Panama City and Port of Spain are almost at the centre of the American continent.
  • Rising in all its glory to shine not only in every part of Europe, but also on the American continent.
  • If the whole of the earth's population were standing on the American continent, would the ground sink?


1A native or citizen of the United States.
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  • Scott Boehnen, 33, an American, became a citizen after living in Britain for six years.
  • He is an American by citizenship and by his sworn allegiance to the laws of this land as a U.S. senator.
  • My guess would would be they're a lot more likely to have passports than native born Americans.
1.1 [usually with adjective] A native or inhabitant of any of the countries of North, South, or Central America.
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  • While I am not Jewish, I went through a similar process as an American from the South.
  • This is not a political question, it's a feeling as an American for other Americans.
  • The people who taught me the most about what it means to be American are African Americans.
2The English language as it is used in the United States; American English.
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  • It's nice, though, that the majority of accents I hear around me are not English or American.
  • His first stop was Los Angeles English School for a year where he learned to speak perfect American!
  • The only drawback is that the software is available only in English and the accent is British or American.



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  • I am becoming a little more Canadian each day, and yet I have never in my life felt more American, even as that Americanness is now undergoing some kind of transformation of its own.
  • Viewers are invited to celebrate their Americanness by buying a flag kit, complete with stars-and-stripes button and stickers.
  • But Britishness, like Americanness, need not be like that.


From modern Latin Americanus, from America.

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Syllabification: A·mer·i·can

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