Definition of all-American in US English:



  • 1Possessing qualities characteristic of American ideals, such as honesty, industriousness, and health.

    ‘his all-American wholesomeness’
    • ‘The acting compliments the film in its entirety, while the plain camera angles, simple costumes and the Sinatra-Garland soundtrack provide that all-American feel-good film that many of us love to hate.’
    • ‘But I was struggling to eat it all, and my son was only able to manage a fraction of his half-pound all-American burger, served with bacon and melted cheese in a bap garnished by mayonnaise, lettuce and beef tomato, good as it tasted.’
    • ‘But above and beyond these tensions, there was usually a powerful sense of all-American values which held US society together as a coherent and dynamic whole.’
    • ‘Little wonder, then, that while studying drama at Washington Lee High, in Arlington, Virginia, the all-American girl-next-door dated a wrestler and was also one of the school's most popular cheerleaders.’
    • ‘The book tells the great, all-American story of a second generation American who lived out his wildest adolescent professional dreams.’
    • ‘But wait - isn't she the wholesome all-American balladeer who sings the songs that couples dance to at wedding receptions around the world?’
    • ‘In fact, no matter what happens, there seems to be an all-American ending in store: his lawyer said he's working on a book deal, and that a movie will soon follow.’
    • ‘That flinty, Yankee determination is an all-American trait more authentic than all the faux folksiness and phony posturing that two-faced cowpoke from Kennebunkport could ever hope to conjure.’
    • ‘The most successful all-American car in the UK market in the past 50 years - and probably the most successful since the Model T Ford - has been a 4x4 off-roader.’
    • ‘But going back also to our all-so American optimism, it's all-American to behave as optimistically as circumstances warrant.’
    • ‘The manly combo's enough to make you pull your pickup into TG's 11-space lot, put it in park and belly up to the counter for some all-American red, white or other white meat.’
    • ‘They debuted Harry's Bar & American Grill in Los Angeles, the all-American themed MacArthur Park and a couple of new wave, authentic Italian trattorias, Prego and Ciao.’
    • ‘Tall and outgoing, he comes with curly hair, a fondness for motorcycles, and a no-frills, all-American manner, a quality you see in his dancing.’
    • ‘One is fresh and naive, the all-American type of character which Lynch uses in lots of his work.’
    • ‘With its sloped windshield and a wheelbase short enough to fit inside the cargo space of a Chevy Suburban, the tiny urban transport vehicles are the antithesis of the all-American gas-guzzler.’
    • ‘This is just good old-fashioned all-American supply and demand.’
    • ‘In the spirit of that musical idiom, her stage persona is an innocent, all-American ingénue, newly arrived in Paris and hungry to swallow Paris whole.’
    • ‘It was the only sour note in an otherwise blissful campaign visit that provided him with the ideal all-American backdrop to answer the latest attack on his presidential credibility.’
    • ‘While the company may upset parents with their risque ads and catalog, they still consider it to be a quality brand with an all-American style.’
    • ‘Probably best remembered for Poltergeist and the television series Coach, Craig T Nelson would not consider himself an A-list star but his gruff, masculine, all-American tones are just right for the character.’
  • 2Having members or contents drawn only from America or the US.

    ‘an all-American anthology’
    • ‘Schuettler's appearance against second seed Agassi in Sunday's final prevented what would have been an all-American line-up for both the men's and women's singles finals.’
    • ‘Sitting amid her younger compatriots' billowing cigarette haze and talk of raging beach parties, she appears relatively tame and vaguely all-American.’
    • ‘He may have built his career on playing the all-American geek, but he has never cracked it as the leading man.’
    • ‘The problems seemed to stem from the all-American crew mandated by American law.’
    • ‘The only all-American crew I would be all praise for has to be made up of Alicia Silverstone alone.’
    • ‘Made in America, with an all-American crew and cast, this dud was never released at cinemas.’
    • ‘As far as I knew, he was an all-American boy.’
    • ‘T-Mobile is the only all-American team here, but there are a handful of Americans dispersed on different teams.’
    • ‘He comes up with an adaptation of ‘Reservoir Dogs’ shot with an all-American crew, to break away from Bollywood conventions.’
    • ‘He is an all-American hero whose best-selling self-confessedly ‘overrated’ writing has allowed him to buy a black sports car.’
    • ‘Tomorrow, in our series of special reports on ‘American Classics’, we look at an experiment that became an all-American icon.’
    • ‘She led a new breed of skinny, wide-eyed child-women with 1960s haircuts and thin, unmuscled limbs who seemed to threaten the more womanly all-American models such as Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford.’
    • ‘The stars n’ stripes extravaganza at Carlisle Racecourse kicks off with an all-American drive-in movie on Friday night.’
    • ‘Vlad is a charismatic, red-blooded all-American boy, and, like a lot of would-be actors, a little lost.’
    • ‘Short, dark and smouldering, Valentino tangoed into an industry dominated by square-jawed all-American men, and women went weak at the knees.’
    • ‘Unlike the British executives, whom he saw as stuffy, this all-American boy walked around the New York office, his sharply-ironed shirt open at the neck, casually chatting to junior staff.’
    • ‘It's the first all-American designed and made pistol to bear the respected SIG name.’
    • ‘Indeed, they are principally involved with an all-American dispute between the company and its two former employees.’
    • ‘These corporations, they portray themselves as all-American brands and all-American clothing, but when you look at it they really - rarely have anything made in America.’
    • ‘Possessing both superior intelligence and the mischievous soul of an all-American boy he is as removed from his defiantly average family as he is from his nerdy classmates.’
    1. 2.1 Involving or representing the whole of America or the US.
      ‘an all-American final’
      • ‘Harada took his 68-kilogram category with ease, and he used the tournament to wrestle his way into another all-American performance at the NAIA national championship final.’
      • ‘The all-American women's final is today, pitting defending champion Lindsay Davenport against Venus Williams.’
      • ‘Surely this all-American final would be better, surely Davenport would give Williams a run for her money.’
      • ‘Americans love a winner, and after years of muted reactions from fans and media alike here, the sisters have finally gone from being brash upstarts to all-American champions in the public imagination.’
      • ‘It may have been an all-American showdown but there was only one American the crowd wanted to see in the final.’
    2. 2.2US (of an athlete) honored as one of the best amateur competitors in the US.
      ‘an all-American wrestler’
      • ‘In response to Maggie's forceful charisma, he cleverly underplays the pathetic Brick, whose former glory as an all-American sporting hero has slipped away.’
      • ‘And nobody understands it better than Paul, the point guard who was voted to the preseason all-America team.’
      • ‘He said he'd been called a cum laude student and an all-American player.’
      • ‘She and her all-American football star were laughing at a joke Rob had just told.’
      • ‘His favourite sport was American Football, though, and he was twice voted on to an all-America team.’
      • ‘After finding dual success as a bodybuilder and a middle linebacker at high school, he was faced with making a tough decision as he looked to continue his all-American football career in college.’
      • ‘Also missing from the game was all-American defender Vince Paragine, who was serving a one-game suspension for getting ejected from the Clan's game against Alliant International University.’
      • ‘They represent a formidable team: Cross is black and has built his status on the back of his wisecracking and his abilities as a DJ; Chris is white, the all-American athlete, a perfect student.’
      • ‘He will be back up pitcher behind an all-American junior player.’


  • An athlete honored as one of the best amateurs in the US.

    • ‘The University of Tampa is known for its swimming program and produces more all-Americans from that program than any other.’
    • ‘Dave had motored to the final with straight-set wins over John Musto and Richard Chin, the No. 1 players and four-time first-team all-Americans in the Class of '91 at Yale and Cornell respectively.’
    • ‘At midfield, Downey must deal with the graduation of Harry Binning and the loss of two USLIA all-Americans.’
    • ‘Gone from the team are all-Americans Auburn Sigurdson, Shannon Rossiter, and Erin Cumpstone.’
    • ‘We have two returning all-American pitchers; they're both second team all-Americans.’
    • ‘‘For the Clan to be successful this season our freshmen will have to step up and fill the shoes of our outgoing all-Americans,’ said Renney.’
    • ‘Rebecca Johnstone, Meredith MacGregor, Justin Boulin, and Leah Belanger joined them in the ranks of all-Americans.’
    • ‘Because of injuries the Clan may be without the all-Americans.’
    • ‘This star player was an all-American in high school and college, making Rookie of the Year in 2002 and becoming the only player in the league to lead her team in points, rebounds and assists.’
    • ‘And what's so interesting about her career is, she had a reputation as being an all-American.’
    • ‘Most notable is Tony Churchill, another national team member and all-American, who ‘is taking a rest from wrestling and will decide in January whether he will continue in the sport,’ stated Jones.’
    • ‘To have a precise total of how many all-Americans we have had would be difficult - that number would have to be pretty close to 100.’