• synonyms

American Indian

  1. Indian(def 1).
  2. Amerind(def 2). Abbreviation: AmerInd
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Origin of American Indian

First recorded in 1725–35

Usage note

See Indian.
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Related Words for american indian

Amerind, Amerindian, Indian, injun

British Dictionary definitions for american indian

American Indian

  1. Also called: Native American a member of any of the indigenous peoples of North, Central, or South America, esp those of North America
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  1. Also: Amerindian of or relating to any of these peoples, their languages, or their cultures
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This term is still acceptable and is widely used by American Indians themselves. The most accepted phrase in general use nowadays is Native American
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