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1888, A new English dictionary on historical principles : founded mainly on the materials collected by the Philological Society, Oxford, Clarendon press, page 279:
American a. and sb.
- Belonging to the continent of America.
- 1598 SYLVESTER Du Bartas i. iii. (1641) 25/1 Under the Empire of the Ocean, Atlantike, Indian, and American.
- 1633 HERBERT Temple, Ch. Mil. 235 Religion stands on tiptoe in our land, Readie to pass to the American strand.
- 1773 BARRINGTON in Phil. Trans. LXIII.285,I have happened.. to hear the American mocking-bird.
- 1839 Penny Cycl. XIII. 320 The singular congruity in structure between all the American languages, from the northern to the southern extremity of the continent.
- a. Belonging to the British colonies in North America (obs.). b. Belonging to the United States.
- 1647 WARD Simple Cob. 24 Divers make it an Article of our American Creed.
- 1775 JOHNSON (title) Taxation no Tyranny, an Answer to the Resolutions and Address of the American Congress.
- 1883 Daily News 14 May 5/8 The plain evening dress which bespeaks the American Minister everywhere.
- An aborigine of the American continent; now called an 'American Indian.'
- 1578 G. BEST Frobishers Voy. (1867) 284 The Americans .. which dwell under the equinoctiall line.
- 1631 MASSINGER City Madam III. iii, Worse Than ignorant Americans.
- 1711 AOUISON Spect. No. 56 7 I The Americans believe that all creatures have souls.
- 1777 ROBERTSON Amer. II. 417 Amazing accounts are given of the persevering speed of the Americans.
- A native of America of European descent; esp. a citizen of the United States.
- 1765 GALE in Phil. Trans. LV. 198 Paying quit-rents to monopolizers of large tracts of land, is not well relished by Americans.
- 1775 JOHNSON Tax. no Tyr. 13 That the Americans are able to bear taxation is indubitable.
- 1809 KENDALL Trav. II. Iviii. 286 The Americans, that is the subjects of the United States.
- 1882 HOWKLLS in Cent. Mag. Nov. 26 We Americans are terribly in earnest about making ourselves.
- A ship belonging to America.
- 1817 SOUTHEY in Q. Rev. XVII. 2 He had sailed in an American to Manilla.