Hyphenated American Hyphenated American An American who is referred to by a hyphenated term with the first word indicating an origin in a foreign country, and the second term being ``American'', as {Irish-American}, {Italian-American}, {African-American}, {Asian-American}. Used in reference to Americans of foreign birth or ancestry. When used of Americans of European ancestry, it is often used to refer to those who have a strong attachment to the ancestral country or its culture. It implies that the individual is imperfectly assimilated into American culture, and is sometimes used derogatively. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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