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[am-uh-rind] /ˈæm ə rɪnd/
Indian (def 1).
any of the indigenous languages of the American Indians.
Origin of Amerind
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900; Amer(ican) + Ind(ian)
Related forms
Amerindic, adjective
Usage note
See Indian.


or Amer. Ind

American Indian. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And that has often since suggested to me our national policy in treating the Amerind.

  • The study of the ancestors of our present-day Amerind has occupied the time and attention of many scholars with small results.

    Picturesque Pala

    George Wharton James
  • She had slipped out of the conventionalized Amerind outfit to which Bordman was accustomed.

    Sand Doom William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • The Arab, like the Amerind, likes to make speech in conference, and eloquence is well held by the Chaambra.

    Black Man's Burden Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • For instance, the white man was never able to enslave the Amerind; he died before he would become a slave.

    Black Man's Burden Dallas McCord Reynolds
Word Origin and History for Amerind

1899, coined by Maj. John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) at the Bureau of American Ethnology, where he was director, from American + Indian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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