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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We felt really paranoid until we learnt from my uncle and aunt that "how are you" is just an Americanism for "hello."’
    • ‘Perhaps some Americanisms sound less sophisticated than their British equivalents, but in fact many of them really are efficient bits of language.’
    • ‘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."’
    • ‘Youth subculture and the entertainment industry have contributed to the popularity of Americanisms.’
    • ‘The most annoying Americanism is “a million and a half” when it is clearly "one and a half million"!’
    • ‘The Times was all correct about O.K. being "an Americanism adopted by virtually every language."’
    • ‘Few things irk loyal Brits quite as much as the apparent linguistic sabotage that is the Americanism.’
    • ‘Members of a Celtic supporters club said the Americanisms were a source of both amusement and annoyance.’
    1. 1.1 A 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.’
      • ‘Americanism means a chance for people of all walks of life to find health, happiness, and prosperity through their own labor and initiative.’
      • ‘That's how we can recognize those who push us to the side as a subculture that just branched off from Americanism.’
      • ‘It occurred to me that the eventual identification of Americanism with capitalism was implicit in the flag-and-pledge campaign.’
      • ‘Pa never did equate Americanism solely with hotdogs and apple pie.’
      • ‘The founding principles of Americanism are hard work, frugality, freedom of conscience, and freedom from government.’
      • ‘It may be that Americanism served as a substitute for socialism, an ideology of self-emancipation through equal opportunity.’
      • ‘When I think of Americanism, I think of our great natural resources.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The unions now emphasize the importance of collective bargaining, which is an Americanism in a sense.’
  • 2Attachment or allegiance to the traditions, institutions, and ideals of the United States.

    ‘Americans in Europe have almost all preserved their Americanism’
    • ‘It was all right for these immigrants to declare their Americanism as a group, as long as they declared it loudly and publicly.’
    • ‘Abraham Lincoln used to say that the test of your Americanism was … how much you believed in America.’
    • ‘Driven by their faith in world socialism, most of them publicly defied the demands of wartime Americanism.’
    • ‘You deliberately stood in that well before an emptied house and challenged these people, and you challenged their 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."’
    • ‘Many of the shows that emerged in 1940/1941 were devoted to the interpretation of Americanism, liberty, and democracy.’
    • ‘The language used to discuss the scandal emphasized loyalty, integrity, and Americanism.’
    • ‘That goes to show his optimistic outlook for liberty and his essential Americanism.’
    • ‘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.’