Definition of South American in English:

South American

adjective

  • Relating to or characteristic of South America or its inhabitants.

    ‘maps of the South American coast’
    • ‘The word 'marijuana' is from South American Spanish.’
    • ‘Caribbean and South American tastes are different, and recognizing the differences is important when marketing to these various groups.’
    • ‘South American countries won't enter into any quota arrangements.’
    • ‘South American vino aside, the biggest winner from the government's smoking ban in Ireland's pubs has been off-licences.’
    • ‘The 1990 Census showed that 15.6 per cent of Americans of Central and South American origin were college graduates.’
    • ‘The architecture is more European than South American.’
    • ‘Tobacco was made from the dried leaves of the South American plant, which was first introduced to England in the 1560s.’
    • ‘It was performed by Santana while on his 1993 South American tour.’
    • ‘There are three types of porcupine in the world: South American, North American, and African.’
    • ‘The tiny South American republic has been hit hard by the devaluation of the peso.’

noun

  • A native or inhabitant of the region of South America.

    ‘a South American who plays barefoot’
    • ‘In 1945, Gabriela Mistral was the first South American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.’
    • ‘From 1910 to 1930, the number of South Americans entering the United States each year was over 4,000.’
    • ‘The panel was composed of 20 individuals of European origin, 20 African Americans, 20 Asians, and 20 South Americans.’
    • ‘The South Americans are expected to supply four navy patrol ships.’
    • ‘The Hispanic community there is much smaller, mainly Spanish with a few South Americans.’
    • ‘The union confirmed that the South Americans were happy to step in.’
    • ‘Around 80 per cent of Europeans and around 90 per cent of South Americans favour extradition.’
    • ‘The new data also support the idea that a single wave of settlers gave rise to all native South Americans.’
    • ‘Several years later, Hart received a letter from a South American thanking him for the poem.’
    • ‘The South Americans had their own way of eating raw fish—ceviche, where the flesh is marinated in citrus juice.’

Pronunciation

South American

/ˌsaʊθ əˈmɛrɪk(ə)n/