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Native American

Indian (def 1).
Usage note
See Indian, Eskimo.

native American

a person born in the United States.
Origin of native American
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45
Related forms
native-American, adjective Unabridged
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  • Tobacco was that sacred to the native americans of those times.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • native americans, therefore, were frequently impressed, and compelled to serve against the French republic.

  • On July fourth, of the same year, the native americans had a very large and showy procession through the streets of the city.

  • native americans, to whom they should naturally look as the defenders of the country, were deterred from entering it.

  • They are native americans by birth and blood, and we have no right to dispossess them by law of what we have given them by blood.

    Manuel Pereira F. C. Adams
British Dictionary definitions for native americans

Native American

A member of the indigenous peoples of North America
of, relating to, or characteristic of Native Americans or any of their languages
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Native Americans definition

The descendants of the original inhabitants of North America and South America before the arrival of white settlers from Europe, also called Indians or American Indians. The term Native American is sometimes preferred over Indian because the latter is a misnomer that originated with Columbus, who mistook the inhabitants of America for the people of India. Both terms, however, are accepted.

Note: In recent years, Native American activism has taken the form of calls for the protection of their tribal or ancestral shrines and artifacts.
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