American Indian

plural American Indians

Definition of American Indian

: a member of any of the Indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere except often certain peoples (such as the Yupik and Inuit) who live in arctic regions especially : an American Indian of North America and especially the U.S. — compare native american

Other Words from American Indian

American Indian adjective

First Known Use of American Indian

1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of American Indian was in 1650

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18 May 2021

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“American Indian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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Kids Definition of American Indian

: a member of any of the first groups of people to live in North and South America

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