Meaning of AMERICAN in English

I. ə-ˈmer-ə-kən, -ˈmər-, -ˈme-rə- noun

Date: 1568

1. : an American Indian of North America or South America

2. : a native or inhabitant of North America or South America

3. : a citizen of the United States

4. : American English

II. adjective

Date: 1580

1. : of or relating to America

2. : of or relating to the United States or its possessions or original territory

• Amer·i·can·ness -kə(n)-nəs noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.