Meaning of “all-American” in the English Dictionary

"all-American" in British English

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all-Americanadjective

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

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:

all-American adjective (SPORT)

US used to refer to 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-Americannoun [ C ]

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

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

"all-American" in American English

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all-Americanadjective

us /ˌɔl·əˈmer·ɪ·kən/

having or showing the values that are typical of the US, or made up completely of the best American things or people:

He made the all-American team in his last two years of college.
all-American
noun [ C ] also All-American us /ˌɔl·əˈmer·ɪ·kən/

He was a great athlete, and an academic all-American as well.

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