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- (the United States of America): Merica/ 'Murica/ 'murica (nonstandard, often jocular or representing dialect)
- (North and South America): Americas
America (plural Americas)
- The United States of America.
- 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8837, page 74:
- In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result.
- The Americas.
- 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin, published 2010, page 691:
- Franciscan attitudes in the Canaries offered possible precedents for what Europe now came to call ‘the New World’, or, through a somewhat tangled chain of circumstances, ‘America’.
- A female given name.
- A town in Limburg, Netherlands.
In English, the unqualified term "America" typically refers to the United States of America, with "American" typically referring to people and things from that country. The sense of "the Americas" is uncommon in contemporary English, but is still found in some specific circumstances, such as in reference to the Organization of American States.
- (continent) the Americas
First recorded in 1507 (together with the related term Amerigen) in the Cosmographiae Introductio, apparently written by Matthias Ringmann, in reference to South America; first applied to both North and South America by Mercator in 1538. Amerigen means "land of Amerigo" and derives from Amerigo and gen, the accusative case of Greek gē "earth". America accorded with the feminine names of Asia, Africa, and Europa.
- America in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700, pre-publication website, 2005-2016
America f (plural Americi)