[ uh-mer-i-kuh-niz-uhm ]

  1. a custom, trait, belief, etc., peculiar to the United States of America or its citizens.

    • a word, phrase, or other language feature that is especially characteristic of the English language as spoken or written in the U.S.

    • such a word or phrase first recorded in American English.

  1. devotion to or preference for the U.S. and its institutions.

Origin of Americanism

First recorded in 1775–85; American + -ism

Other words from Americanism

  • an·ti-A·mer·i·can·ism, noun
  • pro-A·mer·i·can·ism, noun

Words Nearby Americanism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Americanism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Americanism


/ (əˈmɛrɪkəˌnɪzəm) /

  1. a custom, linguistic usage, or other feature peculiar to or characteristic of the United States, its people, or their culture

  2. loyalty to the United States, its people, customs, etc

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