or Mer·i·ca

[ mer-i-kuh ]

  1. contraction of America (often used humorously to suggest either a sarcastic or patriotic sentiment): Wage earners here in ’Merica are no better off.Can’t wait to get back to ’Merica!

Origin of 'Merica

First recorded in 1800–05 ; by loss of initial, unaccented syllable of America (in the sense “United States of America”)
  • Also 'Mur·i·ca, Mur·i·ca [mur-i-kuh] /ˈmɜr ɪ kə/ .

Words Nearby 'Merica

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How to use 'Merica in a sentence

  • But we arn't as sharp as what they are i' 'Merica yet—they're too sharp.

  • Me an pop an granther an the hull bilin of usas fur back as there was any Merica, I reckon.

  • When old England and de Merica fall out de first time, old Jacob was a man--a wicked sinner!

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus | American Anti-Slavery Society
  • A man sells everything he owns to get to 'Merica, an' when he gets there what does he find?

    T. Tembarom | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • But she said nothing to Merica about it, when the maid returned, more sour and sullen than she had gone away.

    Oldfield | Nancy Huston Banks