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Definition of the noun african-american

What does african-american mean as a name of something?


  1. a person with African ancestry,

Alternative definition of the noun african-american


  1. A black American.
  2. [nonstandard, US] Any black person.

Definition of the adjective african-american

What does african-american mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. pertaining to or characteristic of Americans of African ancestry

Alternative definition of the adjective african-american


  1. [of a person] American and black.
  2. [nonstandard, US, of a person] Black.
  3. Of or pertaining to the culture of African-American people.


African-american a.k.a. African American: African Americans, also referred to as Black Americans or Afro-Americans, is an ethnic group of citizens or residents of the United States with total or partial ancestry from any of the native populations of Sub-Saharan Africa. The term may also be used to include only those individuals who are descended from African slaves. As a compound adjective, the term is usually hyphenated as African-American.

  • also known as Black American, Afro-American, Black, Africian-American

Phrases with African-American

  1. african-american music

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Google previewHistorical Dictionary of African-American Television (2005)

by Kathleen Fearn-Banks

Preface Historical Dictionary ofAfrican-American Television lists in alphabetical order African-American actors and performers with starring, regular, or key roles in nationally aired television series, made—for—television motion pictures, and ...

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Quotes about African-American

I am famous because I am an African American jazz artist. (Nat King Cole)
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