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African-American (adj.)

there are isolated instances from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, but the modern use is a re-invention first attested 1969 (in reference to the African-American Teachers Association) which became the preferred term in some circles for "U.S. black" (noun or adjective) by the late 1980s. See African + American. Mencken, 1921, reports Aframerican "is now very commonly used in the Negro press." Afro-American is attested in 1853, in freemen's publications in Canada. Africo-American (1817 as a noun, 1826 as an adjective) was common in abolitionist and colonization society writings.

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Definitions of African-American
1
African-American (n.)
a person with African ancestry, "Negro" and "Negroid" are archaic and pejorative today;
Synonyms: Black / Negro / Negroid
2
African-American (adj.)
pertaining to or characteristic of Americans of African ancestry;
Synonyms: Afro-American
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