American Indian


Definition of American Indian

: a member of any of the indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere except often those distinguished as Eskimos or Inuits especially : an American Indian of North America and especially the U.S. — compare native american

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American Indian adjective

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1650, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of American Indian was in 1650

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“American Indian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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

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