American

[ uh-mer-i-kuh n ]
/ əˈmɛr ɪ kən /
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adjective

noun

Origin of American

First recorded in 1570–80; Americ(a) + -an
Related formsA·mer·i·can·ly, adverbA·mer·i·can·ness, noun

Definition for american (2 of 2)

American, The


noun

a novel (1877) by Henry James.
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British Dictionary definitions for american

American

/ (əˈmɛrɪkən) /

adjective

of or relating to the United States of America, its inhabitants, or their form of English
of or relating to the American continent

noun

a native or citizen of the US
a native or inhabitant of any country of North, Central, or South America
the English language as spoken or written in the United States
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Word Origin and History for american

American


1570s (n.); 1590s (adj.), from Modern Latin Americanus, from America (q.v.); originally in reference to what now are called Native Americans; the sense of "resident of North America of European (originally British) descent" is first recorded 1640s (adj.); 1765 (n.).

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