AskDefine | Define Americanism

Dictionary Definition



1 loyalty to the USA and its institutions
2 an expression that is characteristic of English as spoken by Americans
3 a custom that is peculiar to the United States or its citizens

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A custom peculiar to the United States or the Americans.
  2. A word, phrase or linguistic feature originating from or specific to American language usage.
    However, the -ize spelling is now rarely used in the UK in the mass media and newspapers, and is hence often incorrectly regarded as an Americanism.
  3. A preference to the United States and the ideas it represents.

Related terms


  • Finnish: amerikanismi
linguistic feature

Extensive Definition

Americanism may refer to:
Americanism in German: Amerikanismus
Americanism in French: Américanisme
Americanism in Turkish: Amerikanizm

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