Definition of all-American in English:

all-American

adjective

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

    ‘his all-American wholesomeness’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is just good old-fashioned all-American supply and demand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But going back also to our all-so American optimism, it's all-American to behave as optimistically as circumstances warrant.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One is fresh and naive, the all-American type of character which Lynch uses in lots of his work.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But wait - isn't she the wholesome all-American balladeer who sings the songs that couples dance to at wedding receptions around the world?’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2Having members or contents drawn only from America or the US.

    ‘an all-American anthology’
    • ‘He may have built his career on playing the all-American geek, but he has never cracked it as the leading man.’
    • ‘The stars n’ stripes extravaganza at Carlisle Racecourse kicks off with an all-American drive-in movie on Friday night.’
    • ‘He comes up with an adaptation of ‘Reservoir Dogs’ shot with an all-American crew, to break away from Bollywood conventions.’
    • ‘Vlad is a charismatic, red-blooded all-American boy, and, like a lot of would-be actors, a little lost.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Short, dark and smouldering, Valentino tangoed into an industry dominated by square-jawed all-American men, and women went weak at the knees.’
    • ‘The only all-American crew I would be all praise for has to be made up of Alicia Silverstone alone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tomorrow, in our series of special reports on ‘American Classics’, we look at an experiment that became an all-American icon.’
    • ‘Made in America, with an all-American crew and cast, this dud was never released at cinemas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘T-Mobile is the only all-American team here, but there are a handful of Americans dispersed on different teams.’
    • ‘As far as I knew, he was an all-American boy.’
    • ‘The problems seemed to stem from the all-American crew mandated by American law.’
    • ‘It's the first all-American designed and made pistol to bear the respected SIG name.’
    • ‘Sitting amid her younger compatriots' billowing cigarette haze and talk of raging beach parties, she appears relatively tame and vaguely all-American.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, they are principally involved with an all-American dispute between the company and its two former employees.’
    • ‘He is an all-American hero whose best-selling self-confessedly ‘overrated’ writing has allowed him to buy a black sports car.’
    1. 2.1 Involving or representing the whole of America or the US.
      ‘an all-American final’
      • ‘Surely this all-American final would be better, surely Davenport would give Williams a run for her money.’
      • ‘It may have been an all-American showdown but there was only one American the crowd wanted to see in the 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.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2US (of an athlete) honored as one of the best amateur competitors in the US.
      ‘an all-American wrestler’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His favourite sport was American Football, though, and he was twice voted on to an all-America team.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He will be back up pitcher behind an all-American junior player.’
      • ‘She and her all-American football star were laughing at a joke Rob had just told.’
      • ‘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.’

noun

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

    • ‘At midfield, Downey must deal with the graduation of Harry Binning and the loss of two USLIA all-Americans.’
    • ‘Because of injuries the Clan may be without the all-Americans.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And what's so interesting about her career is, she had a reputation as being an all-American.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gone from the team are all-Americans Auburn Sigurdson, Shannon Rossiter, and Erin Cumpstone.’
    • ‘Rebecca Johnstone, Meredith MacGregor, Justin Boulin, and Leah Belanger joined them in the ranks of all-Americans.’
    • ‘We have two returning all-American pitchers; they're both second team all-Americans.’
    • ‘The University of Tampa is known for its swimming program and produces more all-Americans from that program than any other.’
    • ‘‘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.’

Pronunciation:

all-American

/ˌôləˈmerəkən/