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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. american

    American is anything belonging to or part of America, a continent in the western hemisphere with a Northern, Central and Southern regions.

    Venezuela is one of my favorite American countries, followed by Argentina, Panama and Mexico in the Southern, Central and Northern regions of America respectively.

    Etymology: Emmerich > Emericus > Amerigo Vespucci > America > American

    Submitted by JeanBR on November 10, 2020  

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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

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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. Intelligence Minister Israel Katz:

    This is the perfect time to make such a move. The most painful response you can give the Iranians is to recognize Israel's Golan sovereignty - with an American statement, a presidential proclamation, enshrined (in law).

  2. Ron Wyden:

    Trump is using the office to line his own pockets at the expense of the American people and our standing in the world, requiring our allies to spend money at the president's hotel to attend the G-7 would be an insult to them and a violation of our Constitution's emoluments clause.

  3. Andrew Griffith:

    As far as patriotic responsibilities and duties go, this is about the least someone can do, you can see what effect American governance can have on the world. I feel like it's something that's very important. I feel like it's the least we can do as our civic duty.

  4. President Donald Trump:

    One of the things I'm most proud of is what I've been able to do for the African American community. The lowest job numbers in the history of our country.

  5. Erika Tsuji:

    We are excited to launch our campaign in Hawaii this weekend. Tulsi 2020 is building a movement-based campaign that tells the story of the American people and we can't wait to get on the road.

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