Definition of Afro-American in US English:


noun & adjective

North American
  • another term for African American
    • ‘Yet while this freedom proved durable for many, Afro-Americans and Native Americans long remained subject to slavery and conquest.’
    • ‘The struggle of the Afro-Americans for the right and the opportunity to assess their ancestral cultures had its own dialectics.’
    • ‘A highly regarded scholar of African culture and philosophy, he held joint appointments in Afro-American studies and the philosophy departments.’
    • ‘Ethnicity has been identified as a determinant of incidence in several US community based epilepsy studies, with epilepsy being more common among Afro-Americans than the white population.’
    • ‘I hope that this group and the Afro-American Group will be joined next year with an Asian and a Hispanic group.’
    • ‘Such ideas of shared ancestry with Americans, and especially Afro-Americans, persist to the present.’
    • ‘The colloquial language of Australian children needs to be protected - especially with increasing use of language from American and Afro-American sources.’
    • ‘As Hispanic Americans and Spanish speakers, we are, also, Indo-European and Afro-American.’
    • ‘The rock music of the 1960s had been a synthesis between Afro-American rhythm and blues and various European traditions of popular music.’
    • ‘Chileans are not habituated to consciously think in terms of race or color in the way people frequently do in other Latin American countries with large Amerindian and Afro-American populations.’
    • ‘If you have not studied the history of Afro-Americans in the entertainment business let me provide you with a few pointers which may enable you to understand it a little more clearly.’
    • ‘She is the daughter of a Native American man and an Afro-American woman, and so much of her acquired consciousness arises from an appreciation of their origins.’
    • ‘The author's writing combines her West Indian and Afro-American heritages.’
    • ‘Understanding the role of women in the African-American community starts by examining the roles in Afro-American literature.’
    • ‘But the Cumberland museum is full of mementos of the past, when Cumberland attracted miners from around the world: Welsh, Scots, English, Italians, Japanese, Afro-Americans, Central Europeans, Chinese.’
    • ‘Haitian language and culture are preserved at home, which makes it possible for Haitian immigrants to separate themselves from the Afro-American culture around them.’
    • ‘He earned a master's in English literature from Columbia University and a doctorate in American and Afro-American literature from Emory University.’
    • ‘The issue is identity - and ethnicity: his chosen people could equally have been Arab-Americans or Afro-Americans.’
    • ‘He received a master's degree in English literature from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in American and Afro-American literature from Emory University.’
    • ‘North Americans rediscovered Native American traditions and the Afro-American traditions of Santeria, Candomble and Voudoun.’


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