Indian

noun
In·​di·​an | \ ˈin-dē-ən How to pronounce Indian (audio) , dialectal -jən or -din \

Definition of Indian

1a : 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

Other Words from Indian

Indian adjective
Indianness noun

First Known Use of Indian

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Learn More About Indian

Time Traveler for Indian

Time Traveler

The first known use of Indian was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near Indian

Indiaman

Indian

Indian's-dream

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Indian

Cite this Entry

“Indian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Indian. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for Indian

Indian

noun
In·​di·​an | \ ˈin-dē-ən How to pronounce Indian (audio) \

Kids Definition of Indian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person born or living in India
2 : a member of any of the indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere and especially the United States except often Eskimo or Inuit people

Indian

adjective

Kids Definition of Indian (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to India or its peoples
2 : of or relating to the tribes of indigenous people of the western hemisphere or their languages

More from Merriam-Webster on Indian

Nglish: Translation of Indian for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of Indian for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!