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Blend of American + Indian, attested since about 1900.
Amerindian (comparative more Amerindian, superlative most Amerindian)
Amerindian (plural Amerindians)
- An American Indian.
- Widespread in South America. Official government use in Guyana, for example the Minister of Amerindian Affairs. Uncommon in Northern America, where First Nations/Indigenous person (Canada) and Native American/Indian (United States) are more common, although the word Amérindiens is commonly used in French Canada to mean North American Indians.
an American Indian — see Indian, Native American