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[uh-mer-i-kan-uh, -kah-nuh, -key-nuh] /əˌmɛr ɪˈkæn ə, -ˈkɑ nə, -ˈkeɪ nə/
(often used with a plural verb) books, papers, maps, etc., relating to America, especially to its history, culture, and geography.
(used with a singular verb) a collection of such materials.
Origin of Americana
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; Americ(a) + -ana Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The maguey—the Agave Americana—was an invaluable ally of life and civilisation.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • But have we not all heard how clever and beautiful the Americana Señoritas are?

    When Dreams Come True Ritter Brown
  • A noteworthy addition to the subject of Americana in its largest sense.

    Mount Rainier

  • Mountain Ash (Pyrus Americana) is closely related to the crabs.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • Americana is a class of book which has grown enormously in price.

    Prices of Books Henry B. Wheatley
British Dictionary definitions for Americana


plural noun
objects, such as books, documents, relics, etc, relating to America, esp in the form of a collection
all forms of traditional music indigenous to America, and their modern variants
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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