Definition of hyphenated American in US English:

hyphenated American

noun

US
informal
  • An American citizen who can trace their ancestry to another, specified part of the world, such as an African American or an Irish American (so called because terms like African American are often written with a hyphen).

    • ‘Moaveni idealized Tehran as she searched for an answer to her tangled identity as a hyphenated American.’
    • ‘Mere sentiment based on multiple ethnic identities is not dual loyalty, and hyphenated Americans mostly have other countries they wish well.’
    • ‘We listened to a speaker talk about what it was like to be a hyphenated American living in the United States.’
    • ‘Perhaps, you can become one of those hyphenated Americans and yes, you may become a citizen; yes, you may be able to vote like any other ‘American.’’
    • ‘For the better of all hyphenated Americans, starting with the language, it is an English culture.’
    • ‘They envied the strong and color-full cultural identities of hyphenated Americans: African Americans, Asians, and Latinos.’
    • ‘And she realizes that she can only find that balance as a hyphenated American.’

Pronunciation

hyphenated American

/ˈhīfəˌnādid əˈmerəkən/