Definition of hyphenated American in English:

hyphenated American

noun

US
informal
  • An American citizen who can trace their ancestry to another part of the world, such as an African American (so called because terms such as African American are often written with a hyphen).

    • ‘And she realizes that she can only find that balance as a hyphenated American.’
    • ‘They envied the strong and color-full cultural identities of hyphenated Americans: African Americans, Asians, and Latinos.’
    • ‘For the better of all hyphenated Americans, starting with the language, it is an English culture.’
    • ‘Perhaps, you can become one of those hyphenated Americans and yes, you may become a citizen; yes, you may be able to vote like any other ‘American.’’
    • ‘We listened to a speaker talk about what it was like to be a hyphenated American living in the United States.’
    • ‘Moaveni idealized Tehran as she searched for an answer to her tangled identity as a hyphenated American.’
    • ‘Mere sentiment based on multiple ethnic identities is not dual loyalty, and hyphenated Americans mostly have other countries they wish well.’