Meaning of “African American” in the English Dictionary

"African American" in British English

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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 dark skin that originally came from Africa

adjective uk us

(Definition of “African American” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"African-American" in American English

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African-Americannoun [ C ]

us /ˈæf·rɪ·kən əˈmer·ɪ·kən/

an American who has at least some family members who were from Africa

(Definition of “African-American” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)