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all-American

adjective uk   /ˌɔːl.əˈmer.ɪ.kən/ us    /ˌɑːl-/

all-American adjective (TYPICALLY AMERICAN)

considered to be typical of the US, and respected and approved of by Americans: He was the perfect image of a clean-cut, all-American boy.

all-American adjective (WHOLE COUNTRY)

involving people or things from everywhere in the US: an all-American talent contest/business consortium

all-American adjective (SPORT)

US describes an amateur sports person from the US who is considered to be one of the best in their sport: an all-American football player

all-American

noun [C] uk   /ˌɔːl.əˈmer.ɪ.kən/ us    /ˌɑːl-/ US
an amateur sports person from the US who is considered to be one of the best amateurs in their sport: The team was led by an all-American from Yale.
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