African American


a black American of African descent.


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 for African American

See black. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for african-american



an American of African descent


of or relating to Americans of African descent

usage for African-American

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