[uh-mer-i-kan-uh, -kah-nuh, -key-nuh]


(often used with a plural verb) books, papers, maps, etc., relating to America, especially to its history, culture, and geography.
(used with a singular verb) a collection of such materials.

Origin of Americana

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; Americ(a) + -ana Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for americana

Contemporary Examples of americana

Historical Examples of americana

  • The maguey—the Agave americana—was an invaluable ally of life and civilisation.


    Charles Reginald Enock

  • But have we not all heard how clever and beautiful the Americana Señoritas are?

  • A noteworthy addition to the subject of Americana in its largest sense.

  • Mountain Ash (Pyrus americana) is closely related to the crabs.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • Americana is a class of book which has grown enormously in price.

    Prices of Books

    Henry B. Wheatley

British Dictionary definitions for americana


pl n

objects, such as books, documents, relics, etc, relating to America, esp in the form of a collection
all forms of traditional music indigenous to America, and their modern variants
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