American
American A*mer"i*can ([.a]*m[~e]r"[i^]*kan), n. A native of America; -- originally applied to the aboriginal inhabitants, but now applied to the descendants of Europeans born in America, and especially to the citizens of the United States. [1913 Webster]

The name American must always exalt the pride of patriotism. --Washington. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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