African-American

African American

noun
1.
a black American of African descent.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to African Americans.
Also, African-American,, Afro-American.


Origin:
1860–65, Americanism


See black.
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African-American
 
n
1.  an American of African descent
 
adj
2.  of or relating to Americans of African descent
 
usage  This is the currently preferred term in the US for people of African ancestry

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African-American
isolated instances from at least 1863 (Afro-American is attested in 1853, in freemen's publications in Canada), but the modern use is a re-invention first attested 1969 (in reference to the African-American Teachers Association) which became the preferred term in some circles for "U.S. black" (n. or
adj.) by the late 1980s. Mencken, 1921, reports Aframerican "is now very commonly used in the Negro press."
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