American Indian

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Etymology[edit]

American + Indian. The noun is attested since 1702, the adjective since shortly thereafter.

Noun[edit]

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American Indian (plural American Indians)

  1. A member of some indigenous peoples of the Americas, especially the United States, but excluding the Inuit, Yupik, and Aleuts.
  2. (Canada) An indigenous person from the United States.

Usage notes[edit]

The term American Indian is generally accepted and sometimes replaced by Native American. However, it may cause offence if intended to include Canadian First Nations people.

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Adjective[edit]

American Indian (comparative more American Indian, superlative most American Indian)

  1. Relating to the indigenous peoples of the Americas or their languages.

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