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"

Wiktionary

  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.

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

  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.

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

  3. Americanadjective

    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. Americanadjective

    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. Americannoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Americanadjective

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

    Etymology: [Named from Americus Vespucius.]

  2. Americanadjective

    of or pertaining to the United States

    Etymology: [Named from Americus Vespucius.]

  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

    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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  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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  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. Jean Louis Borloo:

    We have already met 44 heads of state who have come on-board. European and American partners support the initiative and have promised to contribute to it.

  2. Bo Hines:

    My constituents are worriedabout tech censorship, that's something I don't think Congresswoman Foxx has hit on much. ...We have a very America First agenda. We’re going to press that hard. Ithink the American people understand capitalism is the best way to grow the economy ...but also want fair trade.

  3. Bob Menendez:

    U.S. foreign assistance is not charity; it advances our strategic interests and funds initiatives that protect American citizens.

  4. Ryan Mauro:

    Al-Shabaab and Al-Qaeda desperately need to convince jihadist audiences that it is effective and not yesterday's news, especially after fellow Al-Qaeda affiliate Boko Haram in Nigeria swore allegiance to ISIS, it is known that a prominent American member of Al-Shabaab has defected to ISIS, so the group should assume that many other supporters are thinking of doing the same thing.

  5. President James E. Carter:

    There’s a lot of talk about whether this is like Saigon in 1975. If we don’t get the Americans out, it could be like Tehran in 1979 where a mere 52 hostages held by the ayatollahs paralyzed America for more than a year, imagine if there were hundreds or thousands of effective American hostages that are trapped in Afghanistan because of Joe Biden’s chaotic disorganized ill-planned evacuation from that country.

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