Origin of Indian
usage note for Indian
In the 18th century the term American Indian came to be used for the aboriginal inhabitants of the United States and Canada; it now includes the aboriginal peoples of South America as well. (When necessary, further distinctions are made with such terms as North American Indian and South American Indian. ) The terms Amerindian and Amerind subsequently developed in the attempt to reduce ambiguity. The most recent designation, especially in North America, is Native American. American Indians themselves tend to favor the terms Indian, American Indian, or a specific tribal name. They sometimes refer to themselves collectively as Indian peoples. All these terms appear in edited writing. Whether one or several will gain ascendancy over the others remains to be seen. See Eskimo. See also honest Injun, Indian giver.
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The state also elected Republican Nikki Haley, an Indian-American, as governor.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern|Lloyd Green|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
They castigated the captain, a 48-year-old Indonesian, and his rookie copilot, a 24-year-old Indian.
The feisty airline is the brainchild of entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, a Malaysian of Indian descent who also is a British citizen.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Poolaw spent most of his life (1906—84) documenting Indian subjects.
Eid, who teaches Indian law at two law schools and works as an attorney himself, had no idea that it was coming.Tribes to U.S. Government: Take Your Weed and Shove It|Abby Haglage|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Alessandro turned a grateful look on Ramona as he translated this speech, so in unison with Indian modes of thought and feeling.
The doors (Indian bungalows have hardly any windows, each door being half glass) were open front and back.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Had not this Indian plant been discovered, the whole history of some portions of America would have been far different.
The Indian turned his head, and spoke to some one behind; one after another a score of figures rose.
As he was toiling slowly up a narrow, rocky pass, he suddenly saw an Indian's head peering over the ledge.