American English


noun [ mass noun]

1. the English language as spoken and written in the US.
As well as differences from British English in spelling, pronunciation, and grammar, there are specifically American uses of words and meanings, principally: adoptions from languages with which the early settlers came in contact ( moccasin, prairie), changes in meaning ( corn, vest), survivals of 17th- and 18th-century English ( gotten), and different words for the same referent ( elevator for lift).

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