[ uh-mer-i-kuh-niz-uh m ]
/ əˈmɛr ɪ kəˌnɪz əm /


a custom, trait, belief, etc., peculiar to the United States of America or its citizens.
  1. a word, phrase, or other language feature that is especially characteristic of the English language as spoken or written in the U.S.
  2. such a word or phrase first recorded in American Engish.
devotion to or preference for the U.S. and its institutions.

Origin of Americanism

First recorded in 1775–85; American + -ism

Related forms

pro-A·mer·i·can·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for americanism


/ (əˈmɛrɪkəˌnɪzəm) /


a custom, linguistic usage, or other feature peculiar to or characteristic of the United States, its people, or their culture
loyalty to the United States, its people, customs, etc
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