Pretendian

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of pretend +‎ Indian

Noun[edit]

Pretendian (plural Pretendians)

  1. (informal, derogatory) A person who falsely claims to have Native American ancestry.
    • 2016, MaryJanice Davidson, Danger, Sweetheart, page 104:
      Natalie waited, expecting the usual white platitude, It's okay; I'm one-sixteenth Cherokee myself, or perhaps a dose of American Indian Princess Syndrome, or an acknowledgment of the glut of Pretendians of late.