- a black American of African descent.
- of or relating to African Americans.
Origin of African American
Examples from the Web for african-american
Paperback publishers distributed their titles in African-American neighborhoods because it expanded their market base.How Pulp Fiction Saved Literature
January 8, 2015
Ed Brooke, the first African-American Senator since Reconstruction, embraced fights with the left and right.Ed Brooke: The Senate's Civil Rights Pioneer and Prophet of a Post-Racial America
January 4, 2015
Still, for all of this, South Carolina is now represented in the U.S. Senate by Tim Scott, a Republican and an African-American.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
January 2, 2015
Artists like Mick Jagger and Van Morrison obsessively revered and imitated African-American blues and rock musicians.The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea
December 29, 2014
You mix up English working-class gruffness with African-American soul from the Deep South.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
December 23, 2014
- an American of African descent
- of or relating to Americans of African descent
Word Origin and History for african-american
isolated instances from at least 1863 (Afro-American is attested in 1853, in freemen's publications in Canada), but the modern use is a re-invention first attested 1969 (in reference to the African-American Teachers Association) which became the preferred term in some circles for "U.S. black" (noun or adjective) by the late 1980s. Mencken, 1921, reports Aframerican "is now very commonly used in the Negro press."