Origin of Uncle Samextended from abbreviation, abbreviated U.S.
Informal the U.S. (government or people), personified as a tall, spare man with chin whiskers, dressed in a red, white, and blue costume of swallow-tailed coat, striped trousers, and tall hat with a band of stars
- The government of the United States, often personified by a representation of a tall, thin man having a white beard and wearing a blue tailcoat, red-and-white-striped trousers, and a tall hat with a band of stars: “intent on giving states greater incentive to save both their dollars and Uncle Sam's” ( New York Times )
- The American nation or its people.
Origin of Uncle SamFrom US abbr. of United States
World War I US Army recruitment poster by
James Montgomery Flagg