What does American mean?

Definitions for American
əˈmɛr ɪ kənAmer·i·can

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. American(noun)

    a native or inhabitant of the United States

  2. American English, American language, American(noun)

    the English language as used in the United States

  3. American(adj)

    a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country

  4. American(adj)

    of or relating to the United States of America or its people or language or culture

    "American citizens"; "American English"; "the American dream"

  5. American(adj)

    of or relating to or characteristic of the continents and islands of the Americas

    "the American hemisphere"; "American flora and fauna"

Wiktionary

  1. American(Noun)

    An inhabitant of the Americas. More often this is specified as either North American, Central American or South American.

    Every American's origin is, historically speaking, by immigration, if scientific speculation that points to a human origin in Asia and a migration to the New World over frozen Bering Strait turns out to be correct.

    Etymology: * , or via Modified Latin Americanus with the same etymology.

  2. American(Noun)

    A person born in, or a citizen or inhabitant of, the United States of America.

    She went from Mexico to the USA before she gave birth, so her child would be an American.

    Etymology: * , or via Modified Latin Americanus with the same etymology.

  3. American(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the Americas. More often this is specified as either "North American" or "South American."

    Etymology: * , or via Modified Latin Americanus with the same etymology.

  4. American(Adjective)

    Of, from, or pertaining to the United States of America, its people or its culture.

    Etymology: * , or via Modified Latin Americanus with the same etymology.

  5. American(ProperNoun)

    The English language as spoken in the USA; American English.

    Etymology: * , or via Modified Latin Americanus with the same etymology.

Webster Dictionary

  1. American(adj)

    of or pertaining to America; as, the American continent: American Indians

    Etymology: [Named from Americus Vespucius.]

  2. American(adj)

    of or pertaining to the United States

    Etymology: [Named from Americus Vespucius.]

  3. American(noun)

    a native of America; -- originally applied to the aboriginal inhabitants, but now applied to the descendants of Europeans born in America, and especially to the citizens of the United States

    Etymology: [Named from Americus Vespucius.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. American

    a-mer′ik-an, adj. pertaining to America, esp. to the United States.—n. a native of America.—v.t. Amer′icanise, to render American.—n. Amer′icanism, a custom, characteristic, word, phrase, or idiom peculiar to Americans: condition of being an American citizen: devotion to American institutions. [From America, so called unfairly from Amerigo Vespucci, a navigator who explored a small part of South America seven years after the first voyage of Columbus.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'American' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #592

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'American' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1294

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'American' in Nouns Frequency: #1250

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'American' in Adjectives Frequency: #71

Anagrams for American »

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  2. amacrine

How to pronounce American?

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How to say American in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of American in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of American in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of American in a Sentence

  1. Sergeii Leschenko:

    No one wanted to start the presidency with a conflict with American counterparts.

  2. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell:

    My advice to our nominee is to start talking about the issues that the American people care about, and to start doing it now, in addition to that, it's time to quit attacking various people that you competed with or various minority groups in the country and get on message.

  3. President Barack Obama:

    I would ask the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws.

  4. Fred Siegel:

    We can say, in one sense, it is intensifying divisions in American society.

  5. John Demers:

    The Chinese government has made it a priority to develop its technological knowledge at American expense.

Images & Illustrations of American

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