[awl-uh-mer-i-kuh n]
  1. representing the entire United States.
  2. composed exclusively of American members or elements.
  3. selected as the best in the United States, as in a sport: the all-American college football team of 1983.
  1. an all-American player or performer.

Origin of all-American

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for all-american

Contemporary Examples of all-american

Historical Examples of all-american

  • Only one game was played, and that was between the Giant and the All-American teams.

  • What kind of a team has Brennan got together for the All-American?

  • Moreover it is a little out of the ordinary, and all-American.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • The score, All-American 14 and Chicago 4, tells the story of the game.

    A Ball Player's Career

    Adrian C. Anson

  • Goldberg, if you would only keep out of my way, I would make the All-American.

    Football Days

    William H. Edwards

British Dictionary definitions for all-american


adjective US
  1. representative of the whole of the United States
  2. composed exclusively of American members
  3. (of a person) typically Americanthe company looks for all-American clean-cut college students
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for all-american


1888, as the name of a barnstorming baseball team composed of players from various teams across the United States. From all + American.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper