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 for American
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  American \A*mer"i*can\ ([.a]*m[~e]r"[i^]*kan), a. [Named from
     Americus Vespucius.]
     1. Of or pertaining to America; as, the American continent:
        American Indians.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Of or pertaining to the United States. "A young officer of
        the American navy." --Lyell.
        [1913 Webster]
     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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  American \A*mer"i*can\ ([.a]*m[~e]r"[i^]*kan), 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
     [1913 Webster]
           The name American must always exalt the pride of
           patriotism.                              --Washington.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: of or relating to the United States of America or its
             people or language or culture; "American citizens";
             "American English"; "the American dream"
      2: of or relating to or characteristic of the continents and
         islands of the Americas; "the American hemisphere"; "American
         flora and fauna"
      n 1: a native or inhabitant of the United States
      2: the English language as used in the United States [syn:
         American English, American language, American]
      3: a native or inhabitant of a North American or Central
         American or South American country

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