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.

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 »

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  2. amacrine

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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. Dick Durbin:

    I don't want to guess what( Harris is) thinking but that is a massive part of the American economy. There is a system in place for funding it, it would take a mighty transition to move from where we are to that.

  2. Jack Ciattarelli:

    This will be one of the most dynamic and compelling places to do business. As an M.B. A., C.P.A., and a two-time business owner, I know exactly what we need to do to our tax code to make New Jersey a better place to do business so we can create more jobs. I want people to believe they can achieve their American dream here in New Jersey again.

  3. Ted Cruz:

    From the dawn of this country, at every stage, America has enjoyed God's providential blessing, over and over again, when we faced impossible odds, the American people rose to the challenge. You know, compared to that, repealing Obamacare and abolishing the IRS ain't all that tough.

  4. Daryl Davis and Preston:

    I do not believe that illegals should be here and never have, OK ? If you want to become an American citizen, I don't care what culture you come from, don't come over here to make money here, to send it back home, depleting our finances and creating a better life for your family back home when we have people here who were starving to death. We need to take care of our veterans. We needed to take care of our homeless. We needed to take care of the poor people of our country. OK ? There are the things we need to focus on. All these illegals getting all this money handed to them is wrong.

  5. House Speaker Paul Ryan:

    This rule should be struck down permanently before coal country is destroyed completely, and American consumers are consigned to higher energy prices, great news for Wyoming American energy. Republicans will do what we can to keep this rule permanently blocked.

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