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amerce to punish by a fine or penalty, esp. a penalty not specified in law.
America the United States. [3 definitions]
American of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the United States or its peoples, culture, language, government, or the like. [5 definitions]
American Beauty a type of hybrid rose that bears long-stemmed red flowers.
American cheese a mild processed cheese, usu. made from cheddar.
American Civil Liberties Union an organization that works to defend and preserve the civil rights of citizens in the United States.
American dream the American ideal that any man or woman may obtain material wealth, equality, freedom, and the like.
American eagle the bald eagle, esp. as shown on the great seal of the United States.
American English the English language as spoken and written in the United States.
American Indian a member of any of the aboriginal peoples of North America, South America, or the West Indies, usu. excepting the Eskimos.
Americanism any cultural characteristic that is peculiar to America or Americans. [3 definitions]
Americanize to cause to become American in appearance, character, speech, practices, or the like.
American plan a system by which hotels charge a fixed rate for room, meals, and service. (Cf. European plan.)
American Revised Version see American Standard Version.
American Revolution the war of 1775-83 in which the American colonies won their independence from Great Britain.
American Samoa an unincorporated U.S. territory consisting of seven South Pacific islands north of Tonga. (Cf. Samoa, Western Samoa.)
American Sign Language a language used by many deaf people in North America, made up of hand movements and signs.
American Standard Version an American revision of the King James Version of the Bible, taken primarily from the earlier Revised Version and published in 1901; American Revised Version.
americium a synthetic radioactive chemical element that has ninety-five protons in each nucleus. (symbol: Am)
Amerigo Vespucci an Italian navigator and explorer (b.1454--d.1512).
Amerind an Indian or Eskimo native to North or South America. [2 definitions]