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[awl-uh-mer-i-kuh n] /ˌɔl əˈmɛr ɪ kən/
representing the entire United States.
composed exclusively of American members or elements.
selected as the best in the United States, as in a sport:
the all-American college football team of 1983.
an all-American player or performer.
Origin of all-American
An Americanism dating back to 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • What kind of a team has Brennan got together for the all-American?

  • Only one game was played, and that was between the Giant and the all-American teams.

  • Moreover it is a little out of the ordinary, and all-American.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • The score, all-American 14 and Chicago 4, tells the story of the game.

    A Ball Player's Career

    Adrian C. Anson
  • Goldberg, if you would only keep out of my way, I would make the all-American.

    Football Days William H. Edwards
British Dictionary definitions for all-American


adjective (US)
representative of the whole of the United States
composed exclusively of American members
(of a person) typically American: the company looks for all-American clean-cut college students
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for all-American

1888, as the name of a barnstorming baseball team composed of players from various teams across the United States. From all + American.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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