of or connected with North or South America, especially the United States:
I'm American; American culture/tourists
Idiom(s) section. as American as apple pie used to say that something is typical of America
MORE ABOUT America
• The continent of America is divided into North America and South America. The narrow region joining North and South America is Central America. • North America, which is a geographical term, consists of the United States of America, Canada and Mexico. Latin America, a cultural term, refers to the non-English speaking countries of Central and South America, where mainly Portuguese and Spanish are spoken. Mexico is part of Latin America. • The United States of America is usually shortened to the USA, the US, the States or simply America: the US President; Have you ever been to the States?; She emigrated to America in 7995. Many people from other parts of the continent dislike this use of America to mean just the US, but it is very common. • American is usually used to talk about somebody or something from the United States of America: Do you have an American passport?; American football; I'm not American, I'm Canadian.Latin American and South American are used to refer to other parts of the continent: Latin American dance music; Quite a lot of South Americans study here.