all-American
I. adjective Date: 1888 1. a. (also all-America) selected (as by a poll of journalists) as one of the best in the United States in a particular category at a particular time <
an all-American quarterback
>
b. having only all-American participants <
an all-American basketball team
>
2. composed wholly of American elements 3. representative or typical of the United States or its ideals <
an all-American boy
>
<
her all-American optimism
>
4. of or relating to the American nations as a group II. noun Date: 1920 1. (also all-America) one (as an athlete) that is voted all-American 2. one that has all-American qualities or characteristics <
a clean-cut all-American
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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