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African American

noun
1.
a black American of African descent.
adjective
2.
of or relating to African Americans.
Also, African-American, Afro-American.
Origin of African American
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism
Usage note
See black.
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  • I think of the many African American children who sat in one-room schoolhouses, desperately trying to get an education.

    Love Fest The Daily Beast November 4, 2008
  • Said an African American commentator who preferred not to be identified: “Phil Griffin loves hiring white Irish guys.”

  • “She distinguishes herself by being an African American, by being a Democrat, and by being young,” says Zimring.

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