Indian

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

Definition of Indian

1 a : a native or inhabitant of India or of the East Indies
b : a person of Indian descent
b : one of the native languages of American Indians

Indian

adjective

Indianness

noun

First Known Use of indian

14th century



INDIAN Defined for Kids

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Indian

noun In·di·an \ ˈin-dē-ən \

Definition of Indian for Students

1 : a person born or living in India

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

adjective

Definition of Indian for Students

1 : of or relating to India or its peoples
2 : of or relating to the American Indians or their languages


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