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  1. Indian(def 1).
  2. any of the indigenous languages of the American Indians.
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Origin of Amerind

An Americanism dating back to 1895–1900; Amer(ican) + Ind(ian)
Related formsAm·er·in·dic, adjective

Usage note

See Indian.


or Amer. Ind.

  1. American Indian.
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Examples from the Web for amerind

Historical Examples

  • And that has often since suggested to me our national policy in treating the Amerind.

    The Indians of the Painted Desert Region

    George Wharton James

  • 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.

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