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African Americannoun [C]

uk   /ˌæf.rɪ.kən əˈmer.ɪ.kən/  us   /ˌæf.rɪ.kən əˈmer.ɪ.kən/
a ​person who ​lives in the US and is a ​member of a ​race of ​people with ​darkskin that ​originally came from ​Africa
African-American
adjective uk   us  
(Definition of African American from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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African-Americannoun [C]

 us   /ˈæf·rɪ·kən əˈmer·ɪ·kən/
an American who has at least some ​familymembers who were from Africa
(Definition of African-American from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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