- a custom, characteristic, or belief of or originating in the U.S.
- a word, phrase, grammatical construction, or other feature originating in or peculiar to American English
- devotion or loyalty to the U.S., or to its traditions, customs, institutions, etc.
The definition of Americanism is something that is said or written in American English, especially in contrast to British English.
An example of an Americanism is the word "gas" for auto fuel instead of the more internationally common word, petrol.
- A custom, trait, or tradition originating in the United States.
- A word, phrase, or idiom characteristic of English as it is spoken in the United States.
- Allegiance to the United States and its customs and institutions.
(countable and uncountable, plural Americanisms)
- A custom peculiar to the United States or the Americans.
- A word, phrase or linguistic feature originating from or specific to American language usage.
- However, the -ize spelling is now rarely used in the UK in the mass media and newspapers, and is hence often incorrectly regarded as an Americanism.
- A preference to the United States and the ideas it represents.
American + -ism
- The Irish and American bishops he summoned to Rome to confer with him on the subjects of Home Rule and of "Americanism" respectively.
- It might be called "English Traits and American Confessions," for nowhere does Emerson's Americanism come out more strongly.
- Despite, however, its heavy foreign admixture the old Americanism of the city remains strikingly predominant.
- In the state campaign of 1859 he made a speech attacking the Fugitive Slave Law and arguing for state's rights and thus injured his political standing in Wisconsin; and in April he delivered in Faneuil Hall, Boston, an oration on "True Americanism," which coming from an alien was intended to clear the Republican party of the charge of "nativism."