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American meaning

EN[əˈmɛɹɪkən] [əˈmɛɹəkən]
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  • American(s) may refer to:
  • American, an adjective for something of, from, or related to the United States of America
  • Americans, citizens of the United States of America
  • Ethnic Americans
  • American, an adjective for something of, from, or related to the Americas
  • Indigenous peoples of the Americas
Brigitta Barrett, an American silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, carrying an American flag.
Brigitta Barrett, an American silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, carrying an American flag.

    Definition of American in English Dictionary

  • NounPLAmericansSUF-an
    1. Originally, a native or inhabitant of the British North American colonies of European descent; now, a person born in, or a citizen or inhabitant of, the United States of America.
      1. An indigenous inhabitant of the Americas; an American Indian. (Now chiefly with qualifying word.).
        1. An inhabitant of the Americas. More often this is specified as either North American, Central American or South American.
          1. Every American's origin is, historically speaking, by immigration, if scientific speculation that points to a human origin in Asia and a migration to the New World over frozen Bering Strait turns out to be correct.
        2. NU (US printing, rare, dated) A size of type smaller than German, 1-point type.
        3. AdjectiveCOMmore AmericanSUPmost American
          1. Of or pertaining to the Americas. More often this is specified as either "North American" or "South American.".
            1. Of, from, or pertaining to the United States of America, its people or its culture.
              1. Thanksgiving is an American tradition.
              2. He married an American woman in order to get an American passport.
          2. Proper noun
            1. The English language as spoken in the USA; American English.
            2. More Examples
              1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                • Matthew 12:5 Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent? (New American Standard Bible, ©1995)
                • If you're particularly fond of Foster's, Heineken or Moosehead at home, you will be disappointed to find that it's been wimped down for the American market.
                • Many Americans have become olive aficionados, finicky about their picholines and arbequinas, Kalamatas and Cerignolas.
              2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                • American Fruit Processors of California championed the goji berry, açaí and mangosteen as superantioxidants.
                • American Indians apparently were aware of the poisonous properties of the zigadenes.
              3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                • Stressing American ideals, seven San Diego City high schools last spring presented a series of weekly radio dramas based on the lives of Great Americans.
            • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
              1. Adjectives
                • Morphemes
                  • Suffixes
                    • Words by suffix
                      • Words suffixed with -an
                  • Nouns
                    • Countable nouns
                      • Proper nouns
                        • Singularia tantum
                          • Uncountable nouns
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                      2. en Americana
                      3. en Americanly
                      4. en Americanise
                      5. en Americanist
                      Source: Wiktionary
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                      Meaning of American for the defined word.

                      Grammatically, this word "American" is an adjective. It's also a morpheme, more specifically, a suffixe. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun, a proper noun and a singularia tantum.
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