American meaning

ə-mĕr'ĭ-kən
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.

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Of or relating to North or South America, the West Indies, or the Western Hemisphere.
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An American is defined as someone who lives in North or South America.

An example of an American is someone who lives in Brazil.

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Of or pertaining to the Americas. More often this is specified as either "North American" or "South American."
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The definition of American refers to any person or thing related to, or aboriginal to, North or South America.

An example of people that are referred to as American are Inuits.

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An indigenous inhabitant of the Americas; an American Indian. (Now chiefly with qualifying word.) [from 16th c.]
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Indigenous to North or South America. Used of plants and animals.
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A native or inhabitant of America.
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Of or in America.
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Of or relating to any of the Native American peoples.
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A person born or living in North or South America.
  • An American Indian.
  • A citizen of the U.S.
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The definition of an American is someone who is a natural born or naturalized citizen of the United States.

An example of an American is Abraham Lincoln.

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American English.
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A citizen of the United States.
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The English language as spoken and written in the U.S.

A Polish American, Chinese-American cuisine.

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The English language as spoken in the USA; American English.
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American describes a person or thing from the United States of America.

An example of some things that are described as American are apple pie and baseball.

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Originally, a native or inhabitant of the British North American colonies of European descent; now, a person born in, or a citizen or inhabitant of, the United States of America. [from 17th c.]
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Of, in, or characteristic of the U.S. or its people or culture.

The American language.

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Of, from, or pertaining to the United States of America, its people or its culture.

Thanksgiving is an American tradition.

He married an American woman in order to get an American passport.

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Of or relating to the United States of America or its people, language, or culture.
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Origin of american

  • From America +‎ -an, or via Modified Latin Americanus (Latin americanus) with the same etymology.
    From Wiktionary