Need words to describe the United States of America? Maybe you're writing a civics paper. Maybe you're writing a poem. Maybe you just need to wrap words around a large, complicated, diverse nation to make it make a tiny bit of sense.
YourDictionary can help. We've brought together lists of words that describe the United States, and provided a few hints to help you think of more.
For many people outside the United States (unless they're from Russia, Canada or China, because they're bigger), the first word that comes to mind about the USA is big.
Another important word for America is diverse. American Indians were here first, but everyone else in America was an immigrant from somewhere else. That has made the United States a cultural melting pot, a place where people from all over the world come, connect, and create things that couldn't have happened anywhere but America. Here is a list of words that describe society in the United States:
The United States celebrates its immigrant origin in music and the arts. With music styles as diverse as bluegrass, jazz and heavy metal, based on rhythm and instruments from all over the world, American music expresses the diversity of the country.
Even more than music, television and Hollywood movies present an image of America to the whole world. American cinema is the oldest and most successful in the world, and American TV shows are watched by billions of people.
Here is a list of words that describe the music, art, and entertainment of the United States:
Rhythm and blues
Rock and roll
Honestly, it'd be easier to list the kinds of geography and weather America doesn't have! In a country that ranges from the Arctic Circle to the Caribbean, from the flat swamps and hurricanes of Louisiana to the mountains and blizzards of the Rockies, almost every kind of geography and weather can be found.
Still, even when they occur in other places, some phenomena are classically American:
The United States is a democratic republic. That means every American adult gets a vote, and those votes choose people to represent the voters in government. The government is based on the US Constitution, which guarantees Americans legal rights enforced by the courts. America also has lots of symbols for itself.
Here are a few of those symbols:
American Bald Eagle
Statue of Liberty
Here are some other words that describe American government:
The motto on the Great Seal of the United States sums up the country. It means "out of many, one." Not only that, but the motto is in Latin, a language from Italy that not one American ever spoke natively! That's America. The United States is made up of countless parts, most of them from other places. Some are good, some bad, but all of them are part of what makes the country. These words represent that.