Definition of Americanism in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈmerik(ə)niz(ə)m/


1A word, expression, or other feature that is characteristic of American English: the term is an Americanism dating back to the late nineteenth century
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  • The <i>Times</i> was all correct about O.K. being "an Americanism adopted by virtually every language."
  • We felt really paranoid until we learnt from my uncle and aunt that "how are you" is just an Americanism for "hello."
  • Perhaps some Americanisms sound less sophisticated than their British equivalents, but in fact many of them really are efficient bits of language.
1.1A custom, quality, or institution characteristic of the United States: Americanisms such as the barbecue and the swimming pool
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  • When I think of Americanism, I think of our great natural resources.
  • Americanism means a chance for people of all walks of life to find health, happiness, and prosperity through their own labor and initiative.
  • Pa never did equate Americanism solely with hotdogs and apple pie.
2Attachment or allegiance to the traditions, institutions, and ideals of the United States: Americans in Europe have almost all preserved their Americanism
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  • Local residents embraced an Americanism that demanded public conformity to an idealized version of "American."
  • Driven by their faith in world socialism, most of them publicly defied the demands of wartime Americanism.
  • The language used to discuss the scandal emphasized loyalty, integrity, and Americanism.

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Syllabification: Americanism

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