United States or America?

November 24, 2016

Dr. Kathryn Sobek, Filipodia Editor


When referencing The United States of America, what is the correct terminology and abbreviation?


Answer: The United States of America can also be referred to as the United States. The term ‘America’ refers to a continent (i.e. North America or South America). Therefore, it should be avoided when used to indicate the country.


The United States can also be abbreviated as the U.S. or the US when used as an adjective (e.g. U.S. Department of State or US dollar).

Whichever term and abbreviation you utilize, remember to keep the usage consistent throughout your body of work.