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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  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

  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. Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland:

    I think given the magnitude of the crisis that we face, and the significant need for action, its pretty obvious to any senator that stepping forward and getting in the way carries with it a significant risk of affecting the market andthreatening the ability of the American people to receive the relief that we need.

  2. Mark Mix:

    The Biden Department of Labor has been stocked with former union officials since day one, it’s obvious that President Biden planned to bestow big powers on his union political allies who helped propel him to the White House. The suppression of these apprenticeship programs takes away opportunities from workers just to boost union control over American employees and their training, even as a near-record low percentage of workers are voluntarily associating with unions.

  3. Baghdad Betty, Iraqi radio announcer, to gulf war troops:

    Dear American soldier... are you prepared to die for a cheap barrel of oil?

  4. Rody Johnson:

    We determined soon after Donald Trump was elected that this was a horrible mistake the American people had made -- and that we had made, damn it. We voted for Donald Trump.

  5. Clarence Thomas:

    This is a circus. It's a national disgrace. And from my standpoint as a Black American, as far as I'm concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity Blacks, who in any way deign to think for themselves, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you. You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured, by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.

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