African American

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noun

a black American of African descent.

adjective

of or relating to African Americans.
Also Af·ri·can-A·mer·i·can, Afro-American.

Origin of African American

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65

Usage note

See black.
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African-American

noun

an American of African descent

adjective

of or relating to Americans of African descent

usage

This is the currently preferred term in the US for people of African ancestry
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