Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Black American of African ancestry; an African American.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A resident of the United States who is of African heritage.
  • adj. Of African American heritage or culture

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an American whose ancestors were born in Africa.
  • adj. of or pertaining to or characteristic of Americans of African ancestry or their history or culture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or composed of persons of African descent born in America (specifically in the United States): as, an Afro-American church; Afro-American citizens.
  • n. A native of America (specifically of the United States) who is of African descent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an American whose ancestors were born in Africa
  • adj. pertaining to or characteristic of Americans of African ancestry

Etymologies

Afro- +‎ American (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Another important collection giving the historical perspective of black women was that edited by Sharon Harley and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn entitled The Afro-American Women 1978.

    Interpretations of American History

  • "Homosexuals are not a minority nor can they be classified as a minority, they want us to consider them a minority so they can clam minority status such as Afro-American's Hispanics or native American's but they cant however let them go ahead and try they will not prevail.

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  • Reports that most of the rioters were Italian Americans were affirmed by the Baltimore Afro-American, one of the leading national black newspapers, which identified them as “8,000 frenzied, blood-thirsty descendants of immigrants from the Mediterranean area of Europe.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The Afro-American reported that "A trio of Washington Wizards was in attendance as John Wall, Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee all sat courtside to witness Howard's final home game of the 2011 season."

    John Wall does the Dougie at Howard-Hampton game

  • After all, Obama exists because the Plutocrats thought that giving us a token Afro-American President might divert us from our anger over the Wall Street Looting and Second Great Depression.

    Matthew Yglesias » Obama and Reagan

  • But the DNC says an Afro-American did it, so any criticism is racist.

    Matthew Yglesias » Is The Left in Crisis?

  • People here think things are improving for the Afro-American.

    Matthew Yglesias » Ethnocentrism and Small Government Hypocrisy

  • What I see as representing racism in the Party is the political calculation that Obama would allow the Party to continue receiving 90? percent of the Afro-American vote while allowing the leadership to push Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and their irritating demands off the stage. cmholm Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Social Mobility in America

  • And yet 45 years later, the Democratic Party thinks “civil rights” consists of having a few tokens like Ophra and an Afro-American President like Barack Obama.

    Matthew Yglesias » King in ‘65

  • Note however that the last thing they wanted was a street smart Afro-American who might stand up to them.

    Matthew Yglesias » Obama SOTU Plan Includes Non-Refundable Child Tax Credit Expansion

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