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In Latin American or Spanish contexts: a citizen or inhabitant of North America, especially the U.S.; a North American.
In Latin American or Spanish contexts: of or relating to North America, especially the U.S.; North American.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Southern Literary Messenger. From Spanish norteamericano (although this is first attested slightly later: 1847 or earlier) from norte + americano, probably after North American. In some instances from Portuguese norteamericano from norte + americano, probably after Spanish norteamericano.
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