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Alternative formsEdit

  • (the United States of America): Merica/ 'Murica/ 'murica (nonstandard, often jocular or representing dialect)
  • (North and South America): Americas

EtymologyEdit

New Latin America, feminine latinized form of the Italian forename of Amerigo Vespucci (1454–1512). Amerigo is an Italian name derived from a Germanic language and which is etymologically related to Emmerich.

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America (plural Americas)

  1. The United States of America.
    • 1837, George Sand, Stanley Young, transl., Mauprat[2], Cassandra Editions, published 1977, →ISBN, page 237:
      For a long time the dormouse and polecat had seemed to him overfeeble enemies for his restless valour, even as the granary floor seemed to afford too narrow a field. Every day he read the papers of the previous day in the servants' hall of the houses he visited, and it appeared to him that this war in America, which was hailed as the awakening of the spirit of liberty and justice in the New World, ought to produce a revolution in France.
    • 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, in The Economist[3], volume 407, 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.
    • 2014 July 27, John Oliver, “Nuclear Weapons”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 1, episode 12, HBO:
      And once gain, America is saved from destruction by the heroes in “MEAL Team Six”.
  2. 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’.
  3. A female given name.
  4. A town in Limburg, Netherlands.

Usage notesEdit

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.

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LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

Feminine form of Americus, the Latinized form of the forename of Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci (1454–1512). Amerigo is the Italian form of a Germanic personal name.

First recorded in 1507 (together with the related term Amerigen) in the Cosmographiae Introductio, apparently written by Matthias Ringmann, in reference to South America;[1] 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 "earth". America accorded with the feminine names of Asia, Africa, and Europa.[2]

Proper nounEdit

America f sg (genitive Americae); first declension

  1. (New Latin) America

DeclensionEdit

First-declension noun, singular only.

Case Singular
Nominative America
Genitive Americae
Dative Americae
Accusative Americam
Ablative Americā
Vocative America

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ John R. Hebert, "The Map That Named America: Library Acquires 1507 Waldseemüller Map of the World" ([1]), Information Bulletin, Library of Congress
  2. ^ Toby Lester, "Putting America on the Map", Smithsonian, 40:9 (December 2009)

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America f

  1. America (the Americas)

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RomanianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin America.

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America f (plural Americi)

  1. America

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America f

  1. America

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Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
America unchanged unchanged Hamerica
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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