I. adjective 1. relating to or characteristic of the United States or its inhabitants • the election of a new American president.
2. relating to the continents of America • the American continent south of the tropic of Cancer.
II. noun 1. a native or citizen of the United States. 2. a native or inhabitant of any of the countries of North, South, or Central America. 3. [ mass noun] — the English language as it is used in the United States; American English. III. phrases the American dream the ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved. • the scapegoating of today’s immigrants makes a mockery of the American dream.
IV. derivatives Americanness noun