[ am-uh-slan, am-slan ]
/ ˈæm əˌslæn, ˈæm slæn /



Origin of Ameslan

An Americanism dating back to 1970–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ameslan


/ (ˈæməsˌlæn) /


American sign language: a language in which meaning is conveyed by hand gestures and their position in relation to the upper part of the bodyAbbreviation: ASL

Word Origin for Ameslan

C20: from Ame (rican) s (ign) lan (guage)
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Word Origin and History for ameslan



1972, acronym of Ame(rican) S(ign) Lan(guage), known by that name since 1960, but its history goes back to 1817, evolving from French Sign Language (introduced at American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Conn.) and indigenous sign languages, especially that of Martha's Vineyard. [See "Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language," Nora Ellen Groce, Harvard University Press, 1985]

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