- 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
Examples from the Web for americanisms
The existence of Briticisms and of Americanisms and of Australianisms is a sign of healthy vitality.
The best of these collections of Americanisms, and by long odds, is Thornton's.The American Language|Henry L. Mencken
He published a vocabulary of Americanisms, and a Greek and English lexicon.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
She felt certain, too, that she had noticed vestiges of the Five Towns accent beneath his Americanisms.Tales of the Five Towns|Arnold Bennett
He must free his vocabulary from clumsy localisms, whether these be Americanisms or Briticisms.
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.