- 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.
Related formspro-A·mer·i·can·ism, noun
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