- 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
Historical Examples of americanisms
I thanked him for the item, resolving to add it to my list of curious Americanisms.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
The expressions "right here" and "right there" are Americanisms.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
He published a vocabulary of Americanisms, and a Greek and English lexicon.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
The best of these collections of Americanisms, and by long odds, is Thornton's.
Thornton shows that jag, bust, bat and to crook the elbow are also Americanisms.
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.