/əˈmɛrɪkən/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[uh-mer-i-kuhn] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
1. of or pertaining to the United States of America or its inhabitants: an American citizen.
2. of or pertaining to North or South America; of the Western Hemisphere: the American continents.
3. of or pertaining to the aboriginal Indians of North and South America, usually excluding the Eskimos, regarded as being of Asian ancestry and marked generally by reddish to brownish skin, black hair, dark eyes, and prominent cheekbones.
4. a citizen of the United States of America.
5. a native or inhabitant of the Western Hemisphere.
6. an Indian of North or South America.
7. American English.
8. a steam locomotive having a four-wheeled front truck, four driving wheels, and no rear truck.
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\ə-ˈmer-ə-kən, -ˈmər-, -ˈme-rə-\
1 : an American Indian of North America or South America 2 : a native or inhabitant of North America or South America 3 : a citizen of the United States 4 : american english
As you can see, those dictionaries get their facts right, which means there are people who know exactly what an American is. Nonetheless, it's too broad to see a person who would answer "I'm from America" when the question is, "where are you from?" Normally, people would tell what country they came from, not the continent, which brought me back to my original point, are you ashamed of where you're from, or do you enjoy the connection? And do you enjoy to be irritated when others have a different intention in their question?