What does American mean?

Definitions for Americanəˈmɛr ɪ kən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word American.

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"


  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.

  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.

  3. American(Adjective)

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

  4. American(Adjective)

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

  5. American(ProperNoun)

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

  6. Origin: * , 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

  2. American(adj)

    of or pertaining to the United States

  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

  4. Origin: [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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Joe Gibbs:

    The Great American Race.

  2. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    I let the American people down.

  3. Ashley Marshall:

    He’s the all-American soldier.

  4. Albert Dayan:

    He's a modern day American hero.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Sadly the American dream is dead.

Images & Illustrations of American

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