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Relating to life and lifestyles in the us

all-American

adjective

an all-American boy or girl has all the good qualities that many in the US consider typical of Americans, for example being attractive and healthy, and working hard

all-American

adjective

made up only of people or things from the US

Americana

noun

objects, writings, stories etc from the US that are considered to be typical of American traditions and history

the American Dream

noun

the idea that the US is a place where anyone can become successful if they work hard enough

Americanise

a British spelling of Americanize

Americanize

verb

to make something more American, especially the language or culture of a person or place

the American way

noun

a way of doing things that is typical of how people do them in the US or believe they should be done

frontiersman

noun

a man who lived on the western frontier of the US in the past

hip hop

noun

an African-American street culture that developed in the US in the 1970s, and includes djing and breakdancing

the Mayflower

the ship on which some people left England to travel to North America in the 17th century. Sometimes American people say that their family ‘came over on the Mayflower’ which means that their family has lived in the US for a very long time.

Plymouth Rock

a rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts where the Pilgrim Fathers are believed to have arrived in North America from England in 1620

pre-Columbian

adjective

relating to the time before 1492 when Columbus came to the Americas

statehood

noun

the status of a state of the US

stateside

adjective

used for talking about the US and US life by someone who is not in the US

un-American

adjective

not typical of the attitudes, ways of life etc that are approved of or considered normal in the US

un-American

adjective

un-American political activities are considered to be harmful to the US

Uncle Sam

noun

a way of referring to the US or the US government

Americanization

noun

stateside

adverb

the Founding Fathers

the group of people who wrote the US Constitution in 1787, when the US began to exist as a country

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