Definition of America in English:


(also the Americas)

proper noun

  • 1A land mass of the western hemisphere consisting of the continents of North and South America joined by the Isthmus of Panama.

    1. 1.1 Used as a name for the United States.


The name America dates from the early 16th century and is believed to derive from the Latin form ( Americus) of the name of Amerigo Vespucci, who sailed along the west coast of South America in 1501.