ASK A QUESTION What exactly does "estadounidense" mean?
I know it means a person from the United States ........ but what is its literal meaning in spanish?
Colombia, colombiano, Colombian
Portugal, portugese, Portuguese
Estados Unidos, estadounidense
There is no whatever the word is that denotes the country of origin of a person for US citizens in English, that I know of. Clearly, American, although usually used to refer to those from the US, pertains to anyone from the American continent.
I vote for Unitedstatesian
In U.S. English, estadounidense = American
I know, I know, the rest of the Americans feel this is not fair that those from the U.S. use the word, American, to describe themselves when all of us are Americans, but in the U.S. that is the equivalent to what you are asking. Also, when other Americans from their respective American country answer where they are from, they don't use the continent name, they use their country name. Unfortunately, those from the U.S.A. can't really use any of the parts that make up their country name that can clarify their nationality as other countries are able to do in the 2 American continents.
I believe it was used because the name of the country was so long that it didn't lend itself to more simple descriptions like Canadian, Colombian, etc. A 'United States of American' just doesn't sound right in English, so it is just shortened to the last part, American. Mexico has done this, (Mexicans in English), but nobody gets up in arms by the name because it is distinguished from all other "United States" by it's own particular name.
Actually it means person from the United States which could be either from the United States of America, or Estados Unitos de Mexico. The actual name of the country South of the U.S.A.
It is the word used to describe a citizen of the United States. Better to use this word than americano