Indian

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman indien, Middle French indien, corresponding to Ind +‎ -ian.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɪndɪən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɪndiən/
  • Hyphenation: In‧di‧an

Adjective[edit]

Indian (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to India or its people; or (formerly) of the East Indies. [from 14th c.]
  2. (obsolete) Eastern; Oriental.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, volume 10:
      The morrow next apprear'd with purple hayre / Yet dropping fresh out of the Indian fount, / And bringing light into the heavens fayre [] .
  3. (dated) Of or relating to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. [from 16th c.]
  4. (North America) Of foods: made with Indian corn or maize. [from 17th c.]
  5. (chess) Designating any of various chess openings now characterised by black's attempt to control the board through knights and fianchettoed bishops rather than with a central pawn advance. [from 19th c.]

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Indian (plural Indians)

  1. A person from India. [from 13th c.]
  2. A member of one of the indigenous peoples of the Americas (generally excluding the Aleut, Inuit, Metis, or Yupik). [from 16th c.]
    • 1819-1820, Washington Irving, The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon:
      We stigmatize the Indians, also, as cowardly and treacherous, because they use stratagem in warfare in preference to open force; but in this they are fully justified by their rude code of honor.
  3. (now rare, historical) An indigenous inhabitant of Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific islands. [from 18th c.]
  4. (UK, colloquial) A meal at (or taken away from) an Indian restaurant. [from 20th c.]
    We're going out tonight for an Indian.

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Indian

  1. (nonstandard) Any language spoken by Indians.

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Indian

  1. Indian (of India)
  2. Native-American; Indian