Origin of 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. For some, especially among North American Indians, the preferred designation is Native American. All these terms appear in edited writing. Whether one or several will gain ascendancy over the others remains to be seen.
The only pre-European inhabitants of North America to whom Indian or other terms using the word Indian are not applied are the Eskimos or Inuit. See Eskimo. See also honest Injun, Indian giver.
Examples from the Web for indian
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
Both the Bangalore City Crime Branch and Indian national intelligence officials are after him.
The saying is perhaps not historical but it illustrates Indian sentiment.Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)|Charles Eliot
Something like a smile attempted to contract the Indian's features; but the attempt was not a happy one, and stopped at a grimace.The Gold-Seekers|Gustave Aimard
Ambergris forms the basis of these, as it also does of the Indian pastilles called "Cachunde," and which were equally in repute.
It is accompanied by a Synopsis of Indian Tribes, giving the families and tribes so far as known.Indian Linguistic Families Of America, North Of Mexico|John Wesley Powell
He was minded to flog an Indian or two, and thus extract information; but calmer counsels prevailed.The Terms of Surrender|Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for indian
Word Origin and History for indian
"inhabit of India or South Asia," c.1300 (noun and adjective); applied to the native inhabitants of the Americas from at least 1553, on the mistaken notion that America was the eastern end of Asia. Red Indian, to distinguish them from inhabitants of India, is first attested 1831 (Carlyle) but was not commonly used in North America. More than 500 modern phrases include Indian, most of them U.S. and most impugning honesty or intelligence, e.g. Indian giver, first attested 1765 in Indian gift:
An Indian gift is a proverbial expression, signifying a present for which an equivalent return is expected. [Thomas Hutchinson, "History of Massachusetts Bay," 1765]
Meaning "one who gives a gift and then asks for it back" first attested 1892.