- 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 Engish.
Examples from the Web for americanism
He bearded Americanism in its den—forced it upon its own territory—and triumphed in the popular vote by thousands.Presidential Candidates:|D. W. Bartlett
Bower, as used in cards, is an Americanism derived from the German bauer, meaning the jack.The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
To use a Briticism, it was “cruel”; the corresponding Americanism was more appropriate—it was “fierce.”The People of the Abyss|Jack London
In the one case the Briticism is the shorter, and in the other the Americanism.Americanisms and Briticisms|Brander Matthews
The style is purely English, without a touch of Americanism.Town Life in Australia|R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
British Dictionary definitions for americanism
Word Origin and History for americanism
1781, in reference to words or phrases distinct from British use, coined by John Witherspoon (1723-1794), president of Princeton College, from American + -ism. (American English "English language as spoken in the United States" is first recorded 1806, in Webster.) Americanism in the patriotic sense "attachment to the U.S." is attested from 1797, first found in the writings of Thomas Jefferson.