1 Of or pertaining to America; as, the American continent: American Indians.
2 Of or pertaining to the United States. “A young officer of the American navy.” Lyell. American ivy. See Virginia creeper.
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 States. The name American must always exalt the pride of patriotism. Washington.