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"Estadounidense" is an adjective which is often translated as "American", and "americano" is an adjective which is also often translated as "American". Learn more about the difference between "estadounidense" and "americano" below.
estadounidense(
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tah
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doo
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nee
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dehn
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seh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of the United States)
a. American
La industria del cine estadounidense es la más grande del mundo.The American film industry is the biggest in the world.
b. U.S.
La fuerza naval estadounidense tiene una base en Bahréin.The U.S. Navy has a base in Bahrain.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (nationality)
a. American
Conozco a muchos estadounidenses hispanohablantes.I know many Spanish-speaking Americans.
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americano(
ah
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meh
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ree
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kah
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noh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of American origin)
a. American
En clase tenemos a un chico americano de Estados Unidos.There is an American guy from the United States in our class.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
2. (nationality)
a. American
Los americanos tienen de vez en cuando una reputación por hablar a gritos.Americans sometimes have a reputation for being loud.
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