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.
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).