Definition of


  1. (noun, location) North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
  2. (noun, object) North America and South America and Central America

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Alternate forms of America

Derivations: american

Origin of the word America

  1. 1507, in Cartographer Martin Waldseem?ller's treatise "Cosmographiae Introductio," from Mod.L. Americanus, after Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512) who made two trips to the New World as a navigator and claimed to have discovered it. His published works put forward the idea that it was a new continent, and he was first to call it Novus Mundus "New World." Amer… more

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