AskDefine | Define American

Dictionary Definition

American adj
1 of or relating to the United States of America or its people or language or culture; "American citizens"; "American English"; "the American dream"
2 of or relating to or characteristic of the continents and islands of the Americas; "the American hemisphere"; "American flora and fauna"


1 a native or inhabitant of the United States
2 the English language as used in the United States [syn: American English, American language]
3 a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central American or South American country

User Contributed Dictionary

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From Modified Latin Americanus (America from Latinized name of Amerigo Vespucci, Italian navigator of 1512).


  • US: /@"mEr@k@n/, /əˈmɛɹɪkən/


  1. An inhabitant of the Americas. More often this is specified as either North American, Central American or South American.
  2. A person born in, or a citizen of, the United States of America.
  3. The English language as spoken in the USA; American English.
    • 1942, We sat down in the central square and drank coffee and a man came up and spoke to us in American. — Rebecca West, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 756)


inhabitant of the Americas
person born in or citizen of the USA
  • Arabic: امريكي
  • Chinese: 美国人
  • Croatian: Amerikanac, Amerikanka
  • Czech: Američan
  • Danish: amerikaner
  • Dutch: Amerikaan, Amerikaanse
  • Esperanto: usonano
  • Estonian: ameeriklane
  • Faroese: amerikanari
  • Finnish: amerikkalainen, yhdysvaltalainen, jenkki
  • French: Américain, Américaine
  • German: Amerikaner, Amerikanerin, Ami (slang, neutral) ( Amis)
  • Hebrew: אמריקני (amerikani), אמריקנית (amerikanit)
  • Indonesian: orang Amerika
  • Italian: americano, americana, statunitense,
  • Japanese: アメリカ人
  • Korean: 미국인 (Miguk-in)
  • Latin: Americanus
  • Navajo: Bilagáana
  • Norwegian: amerikaner, amerikanere
  • Persian: (amrikayee)
  • Polish: Amerykanin, Amerykanka
  • Portuguese: americano, americana
  • Romanian: american, americancă, americani, americance
  • Russian: американец, американка
  • Serbian: amerikanac , amerikanka , amerikanče
  • Slovene: Američan, Američanka
  • Spanish: americano, estadounidense
  • Swedish: amerikan , amerikanare
  • Turkish: Amerikan, Amerikalı
American English


  1. Of or pertaining to the United States of America, or American culture
  2. Of or pertaining to the Americas. More often this is specified as either "North American" or "South American."


of or pertaining to the U.S. or its culture
of or pertaining to the Americas

Extensive Definition

American may refer to:

Automobiles and transportation


Other uses

American in Breton: Amerikan
American in German: Amerikaner
American in Spanish: América (desambiguación)
American in French: Américain
American in Igbo: Ndi America
American in Italian: Americano
American in Dutch: American
American in Japanese: アメリカン
American in Norwegian: Amerikaner
American in Norwegian Nynorsk: Amerikansk
American in Portuguese: Americano
American in Swedish: Amerikansk
American in Thai: อเมริกัน
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