- 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.
Origin of Americanism
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Americanism as typified by Claude Leslie is a new revelation.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
The use of this adjective as a substantive is said to be an Americanism.
Whether an Americanism or not, it would seem to be quite unobjectionable.
The use of the verb to locate in the sense of to settle is said to be an Americanism.
Americanism, whatever else it may be, must be a practical Americanism.The Psychology of Nations
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.