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Indian

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noun In·di·an \ˈin-dē-ən, dial -jən or -din\

Definition of Indian

  1. 1 a :  a native or inhabitant of India or of the East Indies b :  a person of Indian descent

  2. 2 a :  american indian b :  one of the native languages of American Indians

Indian adjective
In·di·an·ness noun


14th Century

First Known Use of indian

14th century



INDIAN Defined for Kids

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Indian

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noun In·di·an \ˈin-dē-ən\

Definition of Indian

  1. 1 :  a person born or living in India

  2. 2 :  american indian



History for indian

Once the name India was not used just for the land that we now call India. The whole of the distant East was often called India. Columbus went west hoping to sail to the Far East. When he reached the West Indies, islands in the Caribbean, he thought that he had come to the outer islands of “India,” part of the Far East. That is why the people that he found there were given the name Indian.


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Indian

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adjective In·di·an

Definition of Indian

  1. 1 :  of or relating to India or its peoples

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the American Indians or their languages




Indian

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geographical name In·di·an \ˈin-dē-ən\

Definition of Indian

  1. ocean E of Africa, S of Asia, W of Australia, & N of Antarctica





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