non-In·​di·​an ˌnän-ˈin-dē-ən How to pronounce non-Indian (audio)
: a person who is not an American Indian
… commodities that Ojibwe sold or traded with non-Indians.Chantal Norrgard
: a person who is not a native or inhabitant of India
They argue that it is not possible for non-Indians to study India …Wendy Doniger
non-Indian adjective
… efforts to revitalize Pueblo textile arts with a view to … producing articles that would appeal to the non-Indian market. Kate P. Kent
In my new novel … I have major non-Indian characters, Americans as it happens, and that is bound to influence the way the book is perceived both in the United States and in India. Shashi Tharoor

Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of non-Indian was in 1853

Dictionary Entries Near non-Indian

Cite this Entry

“Non-Indian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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