In English class, when discussing the symbiotic relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States—particularly in regards to the institutions of the two—my teacher used the word Anglophile. I looked it up in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, and I really liked it: I found it very practical and applicable.

Its formation is pretty straightforward: Anglo- + -phile, where Anglo- is the Late Latin prefix that means "English" and -phile indicates love, fondness, etc.

My question is: are there any equivalents of this word that refer to a love or lover of other ethnicities or nationalities, such as of the US? If not, is there a concise hyphenated word one could use?

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    Francophile, Sinophile, etc. Your question reads too broad and what does your research show? – user140086 Jan 10 '17 at 16:59
  • I think you can edit your question focusing on the US. – user140086 Jan 10 '17 at 17:00
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    Beware .. You are among linguophiles .. – Monzoor Jan 10 '17 at 17:12

Whilst Francophile is well-known and much used (like Anglophile), it is difficult to think of others that are in daily currency.

However, both Merriam Webster and the OED have entries for Americanophile.

The OED's meaning and examples are listed hereunder.

A person who loves or admires the United States or its culture.

1894 N.-Y. Times 26 Feb. 3/2 He was transformed from a bibliophile into an Americanophile.

1939 Sunday Times-Signal (Zanesville, Ohio) 17 Sept. i. 4/6 The Association..is composed of French Americanophiles and American Francophiles.

1972 C. Barnett Collapse Brit. Power v. 346 A sentimental Americanophile whose pro-American sentiments were shared by his colleagues.

2000 Publishers Weekly 4 Sept. 54/2 An Americanophile who has put America into more than one of his own novels.

B. adj.

Characterized by love of or admiration for the United States or its culture.

1919 N.Y. Times 12 Oct. 6/1 The..British view of our country and our people..[is] undoubtedly Americanophile.

1942 Dunkirk (N.Y.) Evening Observer 12 Oct. 16/4 The president of Chile, whose sincere Americanophile disposition..[is] the same as his government's.

1979 Rev. Politics 41 495 The existence of well-defined Americanophile groups is not often immediately evident.

2003 Maclean's (Electronic ed.) 21 Apr. 4 This is when Canada's national magazine should defend Canada and not be Americanophile sycophants.

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