[pan-uh-mer-i-kuh n]


of, relating to, or representing all the countries or people of North, Central, and South America.

Origin of Pan-American

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pan-american

Historical Examples of pan-american

  • It suggested another pan-American congress in the interests of silver.

  • They wanted to catch the Pan-American plane from Miami the next day.

    Test Pilot

    David Goodger (

  • Pan-American sentiment was developing, but its strength and direction were yet to be determined.

    The Path of Empire

    Carl Russell Fish

  • We may indeed reply that this is the fling of a Pan-American.

    From the Easy Chair, series 2

    George William Curtis

  • America too, it may be, will develop some Pan-American equivalent.

    What is Coming?

    H. G. Wells

British Dictionary definitions for pan-american



of, relating to, or concerning North, South, and Central America collectively or the advocacy of political or economic unity among American countries
Derived FormsPan-Americanism, noun
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