American

American

[uh-mer-i-kuhn]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the United States of America or its inhabitants: an American citizen.
2.
of or pertaining to North or South America; of the Western Hemisphere: the American continents.
3.
of or pertaining to the aboriginal Indians of North and South America, usually excluding the Eskimos, regarded as being of Asian ancestry and marked generally by reddish to brownish skin, black hair, dark eyes, and prominent cheekbones.
noun
4.
a citizen of the United States of America.
5.
a native or inhabitant of the Western Hemisphere.
6.
an Indian of North or South America.
8.
a steam locomotive having a four-wheeled front truck, four driving wheels, and no rear truck.

Origin:
1570–80; Americ(a) + -an

Americanly, adverb
Americanness, noun
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American, The

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a novel (1877) by Henry James.
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American (əˈmɛrɪkən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the United States of America, its inhabitants, or their form of English
2.  of or relating to the American continent
 
n
3.  a native or citizen of the US
4.  a native or inhabitant of any country of North, Central, or South America
5.  the English language as spoken or written in the United States

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American
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.
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