Definition of American noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈmerɪkən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈmerɪkən//
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  1. 1a person from America, especially the US see also African American, Native American
  2. 2(also American English) the English language as spoken in the US
  3. Word Originfrom modern Latin Americanus, from America, which dates from the early 16th cent. and is believed to derive from the Latin form (Americus) of the name of Amerigo Vespucci, who sailed along the west coast of South America in 1501.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: American