African-American

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African-American (comparative more African-American, superlative most 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.

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  • This term is somewhat formal, and frequently seen as a politically correct alternative to black.
  • Aside from black and of color, most other synonyms are dated, and likely to be considered offensive in the United States.
  • This term is not used for Americans of North African descent whose skin is not black, such as Berbers or Egyptians.

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African-American (plural African-Americans)

  1. A black American.
  2. (nonstandard, US) Any black person.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This term is somewhat formal, and frequently seen as a politically correct alternative to black person.
  • Aside from black person and person of color, most other synonyms are dated, and likely to be considered offensive.

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