American
American 1570s (n.); 1590s (adj.), from Mod.L. Americanus, from AMERICA (Cf. America) (q.v.); originally in reference to what now are called Native Americans; the sense of "resident of North America of European (originally British) descent" is first recorded 1640s (adj.); 1765 (n.).

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