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Americanism

[uh-mer-i-kuh-niz-uh m] /əˈmɛr ɪ kəˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
a custom, trait, belief, etc., peculiar to the United States of America or its citizens.
2.
  1. a word, phrase, or other language feature that is especially characteristic of the English language as spoken or written in the U.S.
  2. such a word or phrase first recorded in American Engish.
3.
devotion to or preference for the U.S. and its institutions.
Origin of Americanism
1775-1785
First recorded in 1775-85; American + -ism
Related forms
pro-Americanism, noun
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  • Americanism as typified by Claude Leslie is a new revelation.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • The use of this adjective as a substantive is said to be an Americanism.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • Whether an Americanism or not, it would seem to be quite unobjectionable.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • The use of the verb to locate in the sense of to settle is said to be an Americanism.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • Americanism, whatever else it may be, must be a practical Americanism.

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • The tyranny is greatest in regard to "American" and "Americanism."

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • If a thing is to be recommended which cannot be justified, it is put under "Americanism."

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • If there is any document of Americanism, it is the Declaration of Independence.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner
  • To use a beautiful Americanism, we may as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • This is usually called an Americanism, but is a very old sea-term.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for Americanism

Americanism

/əˈmɛrɪkəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
a custom, linguistic usage, or other feature peculiar to or characteristic of the United States, its people, or their culture
2.
loyalty to the United States, its people, customs, etc
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Word Origin and History for Americanism
n.

1781, in reference to words or phrases distinct from British use, coined by John Witherspoon (1723-1794), president of Princeton College, from American + -ism. (American English "English language as spoken in the United States" is first recorded 1806, in Webster.) Americanism in the patriotic sense "attachment to the U.S." is attested from 1797, first found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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