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22nd Amendment an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that ensures that no person can be elected to more than two four-year terms as President of the United States. The 22nd Amendment, ratified in 1951, was passed in reaction to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office.
abolition (cap.) the end of slavery in the United States. [1/2 definitions]
abolitionism advocacy of or legal movement toward abolition, esp. of slavery in the United States.
Abraham Lincoln the 16th President of the United States (1861-1865), who was Commander-in-Chief of the Union troops during the American Civil War and who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, thus bringing an end to slavery in the United States (b.1809--d.1865).
Abscam in the United States, an FBI investigation in 1978-80, as a result of which several members of Congress were indicted for taking bribes from FBI agents posing as Arab businessmen.
Abu Dhabi the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
ACLU abbreviation of "American Civil Liberties Union," an organization that works to defend and preserve the civil rights of citizens in the United States.
Afro of or pertaining to blacks in the United States or their culture, styles, or the like, as derived from their African heritage. [1/3 definitions]
air command a major unit in a military air force, esp. in the United States.
all-American pertaining to an individual or group of players selected as the best in the United States in any particular sport. [1/5 definitions]
Allies in World War II, the nations that fought against the Axis, esp. Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and the United States. [1/2 definitions]
alligator either of two large crocodilian reptiles found in China and the southeastern United States and distinguished by their short broad snouts.
amen corner in some Protestant churches in the southern United States, a seating section for those who lead the congregation's responses of "amen."
America the United States. [1/3 definitions]
American of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the United States or its peoples, culture, language, government, or the like. [4/5 definitions]
American Civil Liberties Union an organization that works to defend and preserve the civil rights of citizens in the United States.
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.
Americanism in the United States, patriotism, or devotion to U.S. customs, institutions, or the like. [1/3 definitions]
Amish a Christian sect that separated from the Mennonites in the seventeenth century, the members of which advocate simple living and now live mostly in farming areas of the northeastern United States. [1/3 definitions]
Apache any member of a formerly nomadic North American Indian tribe chiefly inhabiting the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. [1/2 definitions]