Definition of

American

  1. (noun, person) a native or inhabitant of the United States
  2. (noun, communication) the English language as used in the United States
  3. (noun, person) a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country
  4. (adj, pert) of or relating to the United States of America or its people or language or culture
    American English
    the American dream
  5. (adj, pert) of or relating to or characteristic of the continents and islands of the Americas
    American flora and fauna

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Synonyms of American

american english, american language

Alternate forms of American

Derivations: america, american, americanize

Hyponyms: aave, african american, african american english, african american vernacular english, african-american, afro-american, alabaman, alabamian, alaskan, anglo-american, appalachian, arizonan, arizonian, arkansan, arkansawyer, asian american, badger, bay stater, beaver, black american, black english, black english vernacular, black vernacular, black vernacular english, bluegrass stater, bostonian, buckeye, californian, carolinian, coloradan, connecticuter, cornhusker, creole, delawarean, delawarian, down easter, ebonics, floridian, franco-american, garden stater, georgian, german american, gopher, granite stater, hawaiian, hispanic, hispanic american, hoosier, idahoan, illinoisan, indianan, iowan, kansan, kentuckian, keystone stater, latin american, latino, louisianan, louisianian, mainer, marylander, mesoamerican, michigander, minnesotan, mississippian, missourian, montanan, nebraskan, nevadan, new englander, new hampshirite, new jerseyan, new jerseyite, new mexican, new yorker, nisei, north american, north carolinian, north dakotan, northerner, ohioan, oklahoman, oregonian, pennsylvanian, puerto rican, rhode islander, sooner, south american, south carolinian, south dakotan, southerner, spanish american, tarheel, tennessean, texan, tory, utahan, vermonter, virginian, volunteer, washingtonian, west indian, west virginian, wisconsinite, wolverine, wyomingite, yank, yankee, yankee-doodle

Hypernyms: denizen, dweller, english, english language, habitant, indweller, inhabitant

Origin of the word American

  1. 17c., from America (q.v.); originally in ref. to what are now called Native Americans; the sense of "resident of America of European descent" is first recorded 1765. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like American

americana, americium, amino resin, anarchism, aneurism, aneurysm, anorchism, anorgasmia

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