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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]
amethyst a purple or violet gem of crystallized quartz, used in jewelry. [4 definitions]
ametropia an eye problem caused by faulty refraction, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness.
Amex abbreviation of "American Stock Exchange."
Amharic the official language of Ethiopia, which is part of the Semitic language family.
ami (French) friend.
amiable characterized by or showing a friendly disposition; free of ill will; congenial.
amicable characterized by good will; friendly.
amice an oblong, white linen garment worn by clergymen around the neck and shoulders.
amicus curiae a person who voluntarily or by invitation gives legal advice to the court in a particular case.
amid surrounded by; in the environment of; in the middle of.