AmericanAmerican can mean when used as an adjective "of the United States of America" or "of or relating to the Americas"; when used as a noun "United States citizen", "residing in the Americas", or less frequently "American English".
As many people from the various nations throughout the New World consider themselves to be "Americans", some people think the common usage of "American" to refer to only people from the U.S. should be avoided in international contexts where it might be ambiguous. However out side of Latin America, English language speakers most commonly use "American" to refer to the United States only.
Many neologisms have been proposed to refer to the United States instead of "American". However, they are very rare, and most commentators feel that it is unlikely that they will catch on. See Alternate words for American for more information.
The American race is an obsolete 19th-century racial classification referring to the various peoples now called Native Americans, also historically called the "red" race, although that latter term is often considered deragotory by most people.
- United States
- North America
- South America
- Central America
- Latin America
- The Americas
- Organization of American States
- Alternate words for American
- Native Americans
- American River
- American English
- American Airlines, sometimes referred to as American
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