What does American mean?

Definitions for American
əˈmɛr ɪ kənamer·i·can

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Americannoun

    a native or inhabitant of the United States

  2. American English, American language, Americannoun

    the English language as used in the United States

  3. Americanadjective

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

  4. Americanadjective

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

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

  5. Americanadjective

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

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


  1. Americannoun

    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.

  2. Americannoun

    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.

  3. Americanadjective

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

  4. Americanadjective

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

  5. Americannoun

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

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


  1. American

    American is a song by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey, taken from her third extended play, Paradise (2012), and the reissue of her debut studio album, Born to Die: The Paradise Edition (2012). "American" first appeared in a teaser trailer posted to her official YouTube account as a snippet.


  1. American

    American generally refers to a person, thing, or characteristic originating from or associated with the United States of America. It can refer to individuals who are citizens or residents of America, as well as cultural, political, or historical aspects related to the United States.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Americanadjective

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

  2. Americanadjective

    of or pertaining to the United States

  3. Americannoun

    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

  4. 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 »

  1. in camera

  2. amacrine

  3. cinerama

  4. camerina

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  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. Anthony Jack:

    It's so written into the American imagination that these spots( at prestigious institutions) are for white people and anytime a black student or a Latinx student gets in, it's taking a spot away from them. That's not what's happening.

  2. Baquer Namazi:

    I have no doubt that them being American is the reason they've been detained.

  3. Rand Paul:

    And they’re being asked to vote for something that we never promised. We promised the American voters that we would repeal ObamaCare. But when you’re keeping half the taxes, most of the regulations and creating a brand new insurance bailout superfund -- that to most people just does n’t sound like repeal.

  4. George Will:

    The gap between ideals and actualities, between dreams and achievements, the gap that can spur strong men to increased exertions, but can break the spirit of others -- this gap is the most conspicuous, continuous land mark in American history. It is conspicuous and continuous not because Americans achieve little, but because they dream grandly. The gap is a standing reproach to Americans; but it marks them off as a special and singularly admirable community among the world's peoples.

  5. Tulsi Gabbard:

    Like I said, we have, in our recent past, a situation where our own government told lies to the American people, and to the United Nations for that matter, to launch a war.

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