Generally refers to Americans who have emigrated or are the descendants of those emigrated from the African continent. Sometimes this term is used erroneously to refer to all people of brown skin that are not Latino or Native American.
"Langston Hughes is one of the greatest African American writers of the 20th century"
by Cory Murphy August 15, 2006

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1. A person, born on the continent of Africa, who becomes a naturalized citizen of the United States of America.
2. The most commonly misused word, (albeit one deemed politically correct by people afraid to use the words "black" or "colored") describing the black population of the United States of America.
While Taneisha thought she was African-American, she was born right here in Lower Alabama.
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Of or relating to Africa. A ethnic group of people who originated from africa. People preceived as slaves or lowerclassman.
I am a strong African American women who has overcame and is still overcoming a struggling past.
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A euphemism for "black" when referring to people. Used by politically correct morons who are afraid to use proper language in fear of offending someone.
Moron: He's African-American right?
Me: No, he's BLACK.
by W August 03, 2004

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Is a person of African descent ,meaning ancestors were of African heritage, that is born in America. America is where the individual was born therefore that makes them "American" as well as a African because of their roots. It is the political correct term of how to identify a person of African descent that is born in America.
Carlton's great grandmother was from Africa, but he was born on American soil to two African American parents that were born in the United States. Therefore he is African American.
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A politically correct term used by politicians, among others.

In my opinion, calling a black person "African American" is far more offensive than the word "Nigger". When you call a black person an African American, you automatically assume two things;

1. That just because they're black, they are of African descent. If they were born in America, I really wouldn't consider them as being of African descent.

2. The second thing you assume, is that everyone that lives in Africa is black, which is also incorrect.

By this logic, white people should be called "European Americans".

Political correctness blows ass. Period.
Politician 1: I think we should focus more strongly on the needs of the black community.

Politician 2: Oh my god! Did you just say... Black?! Tom, it's African American!
by Ryan Commeans September 18, 2006

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A person who was originally from Africa who has been made a citizen of the United States.

Note: Just because your great-great-great-grandpa was from Africa doesnt make you an African-American
Salif just moved here from Africa.
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