America meaning

ə-mĕrĭ-kə
The landmasses and islands of North America, Central America, and South America.
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(place) North America, South America, and the West Indies, considered together.
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The continents of North and South America, especially when considered to form a single continent.
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The definition of America is the term most often used to refer to the United States.

An example of the word America is to refer to the 50 states that make up the United States.

An example of a country that is part of the Americas is Canada.

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(place) North America.
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The United States.
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The United States of America.
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(place) The United States of America.
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(often with a possessive pronoun) An idealized destination or object of one's ambition.
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Origin of america

  • ModL, name assoc. (1507) by Martin Waldseemüller (1470?-1522?), Ger cosmographer, with Americus Vespucius, Latinized form of Amerigo Vespucci, but < ? Sp Amerrique, name of a mountain range in Nicaragua, used by early explorers for the newly discovered lands < ? AmInd

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • From a Latinized form of the forename of Amerigo Vespucci (1454–1512).

    From Wiktionary