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American

[uh-mer-i-kuh n] /əˈmɛr ɪ kən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the United States of America or its inhabitants:
an American citizen.
2.
of or relating to North or South America; of the Western Hemisphere:
the American continents.
3.
of or relating 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
1570-1580
1570-80; Americ(a) + -an
Related forms
Americanly, adverb
Americanness, noun

American, The

noun
1.
a novel (1877) by Henry James.
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Examples from the web for americans
  • To americans the word whilst, in any context, seems very archaic or pretentious or both.
  • This ultimately proved successful, leading to a total victory over the americans.
  • Some native americans rejected pleas that they remain neutral.
  • Some native americans would also use the leather of a bison hide in the same manner.
  • The cub comes across five native americans one day, and the shewolf comes to his rescue.
  • By observing meatless mondays, americans on the homefront could help the war effort.
  • Native americans smoked tobacco in pipes long before the arrival of europeans.
  • Despite being outnumbered two to one, the americans succeeded in their purpose.
  • Because of fights with native americans, white people settled near the fort.
  • It is also extremely prevalent among east africans and native americans.
British Dictionary definitions for americans

American

/əˈmɛrɪkən/
adjective
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
noun
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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Word Origin and History for americans

American

1570s (n.); 1590s (adj.), from Modern Latin Americanus, from America (q.v.); originally in reference to what now are called Native Americans; the sense of "resident of North America of European (originally British) descent" is first recorded 1640s (adj.); 1765 (n.).

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