A*mer"i*can (#), a. [Named from Americus Vespucius.]

1.

Of or pertaining to America; as, the American continent: American Indians.

2.

Of or pertaining to the United States.

"A young officer of the American navy."

Lyell.

American ivy. See Virginia creeper. -- American Party U. S. Politics, a party, about 1854, which opposed the influence of foreign-born citizens, and those supposed to owe allegiance to a foreign power. -- Native american Party U. S. Politics, a party of principles similar to those of the American party. It arose about 1843, but soon died out.

 

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A*mer"i*can (#), 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.

The name American must always exalt the pride of patriotism. Washington.

 

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