- 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 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.