Origin of American Indian

First recorded in 1725–35

usage note for American Indian

See Indian.
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British Dictionary definitions for American Indian

American Indian


Also called: Native American a member of any of the indigenous peoples of North, Central, or South America, esp those of North America


Also: Amerindian of or relating to any of these peoples, their languages, or their cultures

usage for American Indian

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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