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[uh-mer-i-kuh] /əˈmɛr ɪ kə/
Also called the Americas. North and South America, considered together. Unabridged
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Examples for America
  • Since then, migratory beekeeping has become widespread in America.
  • The age of reason resulted in only a brief upsurge in deistic thought in America.
  • It is supposed to be the place where tennis first started in America.
  • The album was also favourably received by critics in north America.
  • Decca this is the label that began the trend in north America.
  • Her father was the sort of rebel destined to transform colonial America.
  • It is more common now than when europeans first entered north America.
  • Manipulating the ether the power of broadcast radio in thirties America.
  • A culture of conspiracy apocalyptic visions in contemporary America.
  • It migrates to wintering grounds in central and south America.
British Dictionary definitions for America


short for the United States of America
Also called the Americas. the American continent, including North, South, and Central America
Word Origin
C16: from Americus, Latin form of Amerigo; after Amerigo Vespucci
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Word Origin and History for America
1507, in Cartographer Martin Waldseemüller'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." Amerigo is more easily Latinized than Vespucci. The name Amerigo is Gmc., said to derive from Goth. Amalrich, lit. "work-ruler." The O.E. form of the name has come down as surnames Emmerich, Emery, etc. The It. fem. form merged into Amelia. Amerika "U.S. society viewed as racist, fascist, oppressive, etc." first attested 1969; the spelling is Ger., but may also suggest the KKK.
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America in Culture

“America” definition

An American patriotic hymn from the nineteenth century, sung to the tune of the national anthem of Great Britain, “God Save the Queen.” It begins, “My country, 'tis of thee.”

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