Definition of Americanism in English:



  • 1A word, expression, or other feature that is characteristic of American English.

    ‘the term is an Americanism dating back to the late nineteenth century’
    • ‘Few things irk loyal Brits quite as much as the apparent linguistic sabotage that is the Americanism.’
    • ‘We felt really paranoid until we learnt from my uncle and aunt that "how are you" is just an Americanism for "hello."’
    • ‘The most annoying Americanism is “a million and a half” when it is clearly "one and a half million"!’
    • ‘The Americanisms you hear today can enrich the experience, and I think they have the right to develop their own idiomatic ways of expressing the game.’
    • ‘Americanisms can allow German speakers to be more precise or brief.’
    • ‘The reviewers sometimes (and all too often) seem to borrow the Americanism "to kiss butt."’
    • ‘The Times was all correct about O.K. being "an Americanism adopted by virtually every language."’
    • ‘Youth subculture and the entertainment industry have contributed to the popularity of Americanisms.’
    • ‘Members of a Celtic supporters club said the Americanisms were a source of both amusement and annoyance.’
    • ‘Perhaps some Americanisms sound less sophisticated than their British equivalents, but in fact many of them really are efficient bits of language.’
    1. 1.1A custom, quality, or institution characteristic of the United States.
      ‘Americanisms such as the barbecue and the swimming pool’
      • ‘Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood—the virtues that made America.’
      • ‘Pa never did equate Americanism solely with hotdogs and apple pie.’
      • ‘The unions now emphasize the importance of collective bargaining, which is an Americanism in a sense.’
      • ‘Americanism means a chance for people of all walks of life to find health, happiness, and prosperity through their own labor and initiative.’
      • ‘The founding principles of Americanism are hard work, frugality, freedom of conscience, and freedom from government.’
      • ‘Air conditioning is considered an effete Americanism in this country—or rather, a waste of money, as you only need it three days a year.’
      • ‘When I think of Americanism, I think of our great natural resources.’
      • ‘It occurred to me that the eventual identification of Americanism with capitalism was implicit in the flag-and-pledge campaign.’
      • ‘It may be that Americanism served as a substitute for socialism, an ideology of self-emancipation through equal opportunity.’
      • ‘That's how we can recognize those who push us to the side as a subculture that just branched off from Americanism.’
  • 2Attachment or allegiance to the traditions, institutions, and ideals of the United States.

    ‘Americans in Europe have almost all preserved their Americanism’
    • ‘The language used to discuss the scandal emphasized loyalty, integrity, and Americanism.’
    • ‘An earlier poem of mine celebrates my Americanism and sets out to answer Yeats's boasting that his blood "has not passed through any huckster's loin."’
    • ‘It was all right for these immigrants to declare their Americanism as a group, as long as they declared it loudly and publicly.’
    • ‘Local residents embraced an Americanism that demanded public conformity to an idealized version of "American."’
    • ‘It shows not only a total lack of values and a blindness of one eye, but some weakness in the author's own Americanism.’
    • ‘You deliberately stood in that well before an emptied house and challenged these people, and you challenged their Americanism.’
    • ‘Abraham Lincoln used to say that the test of your Americanism was … how much you believed in America.’
    • ‘Many of the shows that emerged in 1940/1941 were devoted to the interpretation of Americanism, liberty, and democracy.’
    • ‘Driven by their faith in world socialism, most of them publicly defied the demands of wartime Americanism.’
    • ‘That goes to show his optimistic outlook for liberty and his essential Americanism.’