Definition of African-American

1. Noun. An American whose ancestors were born in Africa.

Exact synonyms: African American, Afro-american, Black American
Generic synonyms: American
Derivative terms: Afro-american

2. Adjective. Pertaining to or characteristic of Americans of African ancestry. "Many black people preferred to be called African-American or Afro-American"
Exact synonyms: Afro-american
Similar to: Black
Derivative terms: Afro-american

Definition of African-American

1. Adjective. (of a person) American and black. ¹

2. Adjective. (nonstandard US of a person) Black. ¹

3. Adjective. Of or pertaining to the culture of African-American people. ¹

4. Noun. A black American. ¹

5. Noun. (nonstandard US) Any black person. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of African-American

Afipia felis
Aframomum melegueta
Afrasian language
African-American (current term)
African-American music
African American
African American Vernacular English
African Americans
African Lily
African Union
African anteater
African anteaters
African bowstring hemp
African buffalo
African buffalos
African chameleon
African cherry orange

Literary usage of African-American

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Prevention Primer: An Encyclopedia of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug by DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"CSAP Monograph makes recommendations for prevention strategies focused on African-American youth. They are: 1. Encourage personal, one-on-one mentoring of ..."

2. Batterer Intervention: Program Approaches & Criminal Justice Strategies by Christine Smith, Kerry Healey, Chris O'Sullivan (1999)
"By contrast, the House of Ruth in Baltimore, whose clientele is predominantly African American, chose an integrated group structure on the ..."

3. Drug Use Among Racial/Ethnic Minorities edited by Andrea Kopstein (1998)
"However, in 1994 and 1995, African American arrestees passed whites as the racial group with the highest percentage of positive marijuana tests. ..."

4. Pan-Organizational Summit on the U.S. Science and Engineering Workforce by Marye Anne Fox, ( (2003)
"Our data show that, in general, African-American Ph.D. physicists represent less than 1 percent of the Ph.D. physicists employed at the DOE laboratories. ..."

5. Rural Substance Abuse: State of Knowledge & Issues edited by Elizabeth B. Robertson (1999)
"One possible reason for their resilience lies in the strength of their rural Southern families Rural African-American families are more likely than those in ..."

6. Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults: A Selected Listing by Ginny Moore Kruse (1991)
"The joys of being young and the pride of being Black are celebrated in this collection of short works by African- American writers such as Lucille Clifton, ..."

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