books, papers, objects, facts, etc. having to do with the U.S., its people, and its history
Origin of AmericanaAmeric(a) + -ana
A city of southeast Brazil northwest of São Paulo. It was settled by American Confederate sympathizers after the Civil War.
- (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Materials relating to American history, folklore, or geography or considered to be typical of American culture: Americana are featured in the exhibit.
- (used with a sing. verb) The culture of America: “[Hip-hop is] as much of a fixture in Americana as hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet” (Ken Capobianco).
- All things peculiar to the United States' culture and people, anything that is a symbol of American life.
- (music) An amalgam of roots musics formed by the confluence of the shared and varied traditions that make up the American musical ethos; specifically those sounds that are merged from folk, country, blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and other external influential styles.
American + -ana