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See also: americana and americană



America +‎ -ana


  • IPA(key): /əˌmɛɹɪˈkænə/, /əˌmɛɹɪˈkɑːnə/, /əˌmɛɹɪˈkeɪnə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: A‧mer‧i‧ca‧na
  • Rhymes: -ɑːnə


Americana pl (plural only)

  1. All things peculiar to the United States' culture and people, anything that is a symbol of American life.
    Hyponym: Californiana
    • 2004, D. B. Holt, How Brands Become Icons, Harvard Business Press, →ISBN, page 27:
      Today Coke exists as nostalgic brand, harking back to the day when the drink enjoyed its peak iconic stature. Coke now stands for 1950s Americana.
    • 2014, William Gibson, “The Clovis Limit”, in The Peripheral, G. P. Putnam's Sons, →ISBN:
      The Clovis Limit, her shop in Portobello Road, dealt exclusively in Americana.
    • 2017 January 12, Jesse Hassenger, “A literal monster truck is far from the stupidest thing about Monster Trucks”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      Recycling Americana through predigested pop culture makes Monster Trucks seem indebted to Amblin movies of the ’80s, by way of the boy-and-his-car riff on those same movies Michael Bay half-assedly performed in the first Transformers.
  2. (music) An amalgam of roots musics formed by the confluence of the shared and varied traditions that make up the American musical ethos; specifically those sounds that are merged from folk, country, blues, rhythm and blues, rock and roll and other external influential styles.
    Synonyms: alternative country, alt-country
    • 2017, Michael Scott Cain, The Americana Revolution, Rowman & Littlefield, →ISBN, page xxx:
      The music that became Americana crossed racial lines very early, becoming one of the major integrating forces in America. The chapter shows how artists such as Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers were creating and playing Americana long before we had a name for what they were doing.
    • [2023 August 9, “Robbie Robertson, 80, Dies; Canadian Songwriter Captured American Spirit”, in The New York Times[2]:
      A quarter-century later, the Band’s music provided a key template for the acts first labeled Americana, including Son Volt, Wilco and Lucinda Williams, as well as for their sonic heirs.]


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Americana f

  1. A municipality of São Paulo, Brazil