Meaning of African American in English:

African American

Pronunciation /ˌafrɪk(ə)nəˈmɛrɪk(ə)n/

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  • A black American of African descent.

    ‘Even as a teenager, she had felt drawn to work with African Americans and Native Americans.’
    • ‘Yet it still lagged behind the literature of other American minorities, especially African Americans.’
    • ‘The people who taught me the most about what it means to be American are African Americans.’
    • ‘The Acts were aimed at equalizing the political conditions of African Americans and White Americans.’
    • ‘The most highly valued attire is American brand names popular among African Americans.’
    • ‘Here they targeted those set free after the American Civil War - the African Americans.’
    • ‘Examples include native and African Americans and Australian aborigines.’
    • ‘Thousands more African Americans served the British military as SCOUTS, labourers and servants.’
    • ‘Yet for many African Americans and Hispanics, as well as other ethnic groups, a larger body still holds positive social value.’
    • ‘The migration of large numbers of African Americans to the cities was a feature of wartime America.’
    • ‘More than two million more Hispanics live in the United States than African Americans.’
    • ‘It affects men more than women, and Whites more than African Americans.’
    • ‘Hip hop, a dance which originated among African Americans, has a loose, casual style that has swept the city.’
    • ‘Today, many efforts are being made to recruit African Americans into the teaching field.’
    • ‘The majority of African Americans came from a definable section of West Africa.’
    • ‘It's a lesson all African Americans can follow to achieve full economic empowerment.’
    • ‘The new study's findings were true for African Americans and whites, as well as men and women.’
    • ‘The data for this study come from a nationwide survey of older whites and older African Americans.’
    • ‘It is unclear what percentage of the contributions came from African Americans.’
    • ‘Their story closely resembles the relationship of African Americans to our country.’


  • Relating to black Americans of African descent.

    ‘He will join a number of African-American men who are making a real mark on American culture.’
    • ‘The man most Americans say ought to be their nation's first African-American leader is today closer than ever to the seat of power.’
    • ‘I would ask you the same question with regard to the African-American population.’
    • ‘He still did not do well among African-American voters, just a marginal improvement.’
    • ‘My mother's best friend was an African-American woman who she had met before I was born.’
    • ‘The African-American chef rearranges slices of pecan and blueberry pie in the glass display cabinet.’
    • ‘The lone other African-American person in the room asked my friend to turn the TV off.’
    • ‘I think there are successful ways to get an African-American movie made these days.’
    • ‘I play the first African-American president in my movie, and it's going to be a lot of fun.’
    • ‘Prestigious universities in the United States boast of institutions of African-American Studies.’
    • ‘They were the forerunners of the poets and political activists of African-American culture.’
    • ‘We are told he's going to be visiting in the week to come an African-American church.’
    • ‘In the 1910's it was one of the most affluent African-American communities in the country.’
    • ‘Why hasn't the music ingrained itself in African-American culture like jazz or funk has?’
    • ‘Most of her fellow African-American students were involved, but she was not interested.’
    • ‘Two other figures took their own paths from African-American and popular sources.’
    • ‘White American popular culture drew heavily on African-American song and dance, a trend that has continued to this day.’
    • ‘The point is that one can look at African-American history from the standpoint of technology.’
    • ‘The use of history in the novels of contemporary African-American women writers, then, is constant and consistent.’
    • ‘For the past six decades he has remained the most celebrated African-American painter, past or present.’


See black