- of or relating to the United States of America or its inhabitants: an American citizen.
- of or relating to North or South America; of the Western Hemisphere: the American continents.
- of or relating to the aboriginal Indians of North and South America, usually excluding the Eskimos, regarded as being of Asian ancestry and marked generally by reddish to brownish skin, black hair, dark eyes, and prominent cheekbones.
Origin of American
- a novel (1877) by Henry James.
Examples from the Web for american
Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.
Have you looked around the American Dental Association website for an explanation of how fluoridation actually works?
The best comparison here for an American audience is, well, Internet stuff.Trolls and Martyrdom: Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
January 9, 2015
Current and former intelligence officials have said North Korea has long been a priority target for American spies.Was Sony Hit With a Second Hack?
January 8, 2015
Great American leaders have long contributed profound thoughts of tremendous consequence to the public discourse.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!
January 8, 2015
In every American home that is a home, to-day, it demands attention.
A courage, moreover —the gambler's courage—that is typically American.
She wa'n't meant fur it—and I'd rather have her marry an American, anyhow.
They saw an American ship riding at anchor a mile or more from shore.
There was no one in sight, but it was evident that a party from an American ship had visited the island.
- of or relating to the United States of America, its inhabitants, or their form of English
- of or relating to the American continent
- a native or citizen of the US
- a native or inhabitant of any country of North, Central, or South America
- the English language as spoken or written in the United States
Word Origin and History for american
1570s (n.); 1590s (adj.), from Modern Latin Americanus, from America (q.v.); originally in reference to what now are called Native Americans; the sense of "resident of North America of European (originally British) descent" is first recorded 1640s (adj.); 1765 (n.).