Definition of American in English:

American

adjective

  • 1Relating to or characteristic of the United States or its inhabitants.

    ‘the election of a new American president’
    • ‘After both instances the American people and their president demanded justice.’
    • ‘It had become disorganised and was continually apologising to its American customers.’
    • ‘All of our services will be represented including a large contingent of our American friends from Menwith Hill.’
    • ‘Kennedy is not the first American president to have concealed serious ill-health.’
    • ‘He was nonetheless to spend many years with his American wife in the United States, lecturing and teaching.’
    • ‘I suggest to her that the desire to communicate, and the ability to do so, are very American characteristics, and very good ones.’
    • ‘Various American presidents have attempted it, in Germany, Vietnam and Eastern Europe.’
    • ‘A large image of the flag of the United States honours six American astronauts lost with the Columbia.’
    • ‘When the president realized that an American city was endangered, then he would do it.’
    • ‘The former president then used the American company to purchase a large block of shares in the Irish Press in Ireland.’
    • ‘It is unprecedented for a newly elected American president to make his first trip to Latin America.’
    • ‘All of the surveys to date were conducted in the United States with American respondents.’
    • ‘Steve Cotterill is set to continue his American adventure by jetting out to Los Angeles for a scouting mission this weekend.’
    • ‘For anyone aspiring to be US President, the American people must come first.’
    • ‘It is possible there could be more charges, some carrying the death penalty, as the American investigation continues.’
    • ‘In the next few days it will become clear whether the American people heed the president's message.’
    • ‘All criticism will be washed away when the president waves an American flag at a NASCAR event.’
    • ‘They have similar characteristics, although the American pool players would never use ash.’
    • ‘If this were any other American president, I'd be skeptical of a report like this.’
    • ‘The American people appreciate a president who is willing to put a problem on the table.’
    1. 1.1 Relating to or denoting the continents of America.
      ‘the American continent south of the tropic of Cancer’
      • ‘The successful revolt of the American colonies in the North, and the defeat of the French and Spanish fleets of Trafalgar, convinced the South American colonies that their time of freedom had come.’
      • ‘If the whole of the earth's population were standing on the American continent, would the ground sink?’
      • ‘Even more puzzling are two large landmasses to the left and right of the American double continent.’
      • ‘In terms of geography, both Panama City and Port of Spain are almost at the centre of the American continent.’
      • ‘We have successfully completed the first South American dolphin river census and we are satisfied with all the data collected and what we witnessed.’
      • ‘The Asians were not able to see him in action as he fought mostly in Europe and the American continent.’
      • ‘These appeared only to enhance the security of the American continent while offering much fewer advantages to Europe.’
      • ‘It is the largest and deepest lake on the American continent and the second largest alpine lake in the world.’
      • ‘Rising in all its glory to shine not only in every part of Europe, but also on the American continent.’
      • ‘They are all very well adapted to their respective environments: the camels in harsh deserts of Africa and Asia; and their South American cousins inhabit the bush area of South America.’
      • ‘In common with many other economically significant vine diseases, it originates on the American continent.’
      • ‘On the West Coast of the American continents, the sea-lion is one of the most curious and playful members of the seal family.’

noun

  • 1A native or citizen of the United States.

    • ‘I of course was not a Dane but rather an American, but it seemed that it didn't matter to them.’
    • ‘This is the story of three of them, an Englishman, a German and an American.’
    • ‘First of all, it's odd that the film stars a Scotsman and an American when it's set so prominently in Belfast.’
    • ‘Just looking at the drawing makes it clear that the young native cared for the youthful American.’
    • ‘It's great to be an American but not so great if you are not a citizen of Rome.’
    • ‘Star is half French and half Spanish but he was raised as an American with no ties to Europe, he said.’
    • ‘He is an American by citizenship and by his sworn allegiance to the laws of this land as a U.S. senator.’
    • ‘An American, a Russian, a Chinese man, and an Israeli are at a street corner when a pollster comes up.’
    • ‘She is an American, a Jew and a rising senior at the University of California at Berkeley.’
    • ‘The area is popular not only with Europeans but Americans living in or visiting Europe.’
    • ‘As a result, the British and Americans were able to advance well to the east of the lower Elbe.’
    • ‘In addition to the Britons, a Canadian and an American were seized.’
    • ‘Two of the detainees, a Spaniard and an American, were freed by police yesterday.’
    • ‘Will the Americans and the British be able to sit out such a scenario for any length of time?’
    • ‘The Americans employed Navajo during the last war as an extra level of obfuscation.’
    • ‘A foul has been called by a British team but an American is contesting it.’
    • ‘My guess would would be they're a lot more likely to have passports than native born Americans.’
    • ‘For example, if an American marries a Greek, the American also gets a Greek citizenship.’
    • ‘In London, we are viewed as a very British bank, but many of our key staff are French or Americans.’
    • ‘I thought it was very clever to kick off with an American singing about his President in a very Swiss style.’
    • ‘He's an Indian American whose parents moved to Baton Rouge just before he was born.’
    • ‘At stake is the fundamental sense of what it means to be an American and who belongs in America.’
    • ‘More than two million of these were Americans bound for the European theatre of war.’
    • ‘This was a project that filled Americans with excitement and Europeans with fear.’
    • ‘Scott Boehnen, 33, an American, became a citizen after living in Britain for six years.’
    1. 1.1usually with adjective A native or inhabitant of any of the countries of North, South, or Central America.
      • ‘The only thing better than a South American is a Brazilian.’
      • ‘They did it not just because he was an American, but because he was a Jewish American.’
      • ‘The people who taught me the most about what it means to be American are African Americans.’
      • ‘He knows he will never be an American, that he never can be an American.’
      • ‘I, as a South American, was very involved, intellectually, with the idea of social reform.’
      • ‘While I am not Jewish, I went through a similar process as an American from the South.’
      • ‘The Ukrainian surprisingly beat the American for the world title a year ago.’
      • ‘The other interesting thing for a North American is seeing wagons rolling through a yard and then noticing that there are no hand brakes.’
      • ‘One of the reasons that Borges as a South American was attracted to this particular North American writer was that Poe thought of himself as a Southerner.’
      • ‘This is not a political question, it's a feeling as an American for other Americans.’
      • ‘It is British based so the Americans here might not find it all relevant but it's worth a check all the same.’
      • ‘Hannah, a North American, was raised in the Quaker community of Monterverde.’
  • 2The English language as it is used in the United States; American English.

    • ‘The only drawback is that the software is available only in English and the accent is British or American.’
    • ‘It's nice, though, that the majority of accents I hear around me are not English or American.’
    • ‘Being Australian, I'm in the position that I can fluently read and understand both American and British.’
    • ‘The orthography of English has standardized on two systems, British and American.’
    • ‘Although American English is remarkably homogeneous considering the tremendous size of the country, there are still many thousands of differences that characterize the various dialect regions of the United States.’
    • ‘His accent is American but there is a slight hint of English from where he has been living in Europe for so long.’
    • ‘His first stop was Los Angeles English School for a year where he learned to speak perfect American!’
    • ‘This course is very well-designed, practical, and undoubtedly will be a great support for those who want to master contemporary American English.’

Pronunciation

American

/əˈmɛrəkən//əˈmerəkən/