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Afro-American

[af-roh-uh-mer-i-kuh n] /ˌæf roʊ əˈmɛr ɪ kən/
noun, adjective
Origin of Afro-American
1850-1855
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55
Usage note
See black.
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Examples from the Web for Afro-American
Historical Examples
  • There are 18 Afro-American women who are competent land surveyors.

  • So must we train ourselves to say the right name, "Afro-American."

  • To say "Afro-American" is to reunite us to our forefathers, both by blood and language.

  • It was not enough that a freeborn Afro-American should be caught kneeling to an Englishman.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • He, too, is a great writer in defense of the Afro-American race.

  • The mob spirit has grown with the increasing intelligence of the Afro-American.

    Southern Horrors Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • To the Afro-American the South says, "the white man must and will rule."

    Southern Horrors Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • Many other eminent men have shared the same opinion, and not a few prominent leaders among the Afro-American people.

    Thomas Jefferson Edward S. Ellis et. al.
  • The more the Afro-American yields and cringes and begs, the more he has to do so, the more he is insulted, outraged and lynched.

    Southern Horrors Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • The Afro-American himself did not know as he should have known as his journals should be in a position to have him know and act.

    Southern Horrors Ida B. Wells-Barnett
British Dictionary definitions for Afro-American

Afro-American

noun, adjective
1.
another word for African-American
Usage note
This word has been replaced in general use by African-American
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