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Ameri·ca (ə meri kə)

  1. North America, South America, and the West Indies, considered together
  2. North America
  3. ☆ the United States of America

Origin: ModL, name assoc. (1507) by Martin Waldseemüller (1470?-1522?), Ger cosmographer, with Americus Vespucius, Latinized form of Amerigo Vespucci, but < ? Sp Amerrique, name of a mountain range in Nicaragua, used by early explorers for the newly discovered lands < ? AmInd

A·mer·i·ca (ə-mĕrˈĭ-kə)

  1. The United States.
  2. also the A·mer·i·cas (-kəz) The landmasses and islands of North America, Central America, and South America.



an obsession with America and things American.


the state or condition of being out of sympathy with or against an ideal of American behavior, attitudes, beliefs, etc. —un-American, n., adj.