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

Examples of non-Indian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Hopi, that includes existing uses, the same limited new uses as permitted for non-Indian parties and certain limited rights to participate with the Navajo Nation in new and enlarged reservoir projects on or adjacent to Hopi land. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 1 Mar. 2024 Up to 35% of all Native children had been removed from their homes and 85% of them were sent to non-Indian homes before ICWA became law, according to the National Indian Child Welfare Association, known as NICWA. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 15 June 2023 There are people in this world who would rather an Indian child be abused or killed in an Indian family than thrive in an adoptive, non-Indian one. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 21 June 2023 The Indian Child Welfare Act, known as ICWA, was enacted in 1978 to address the near-wholesale removals of Native children from their homes, a process that sent most of them to non-Indian adoptive families. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 15 June 2023 The law was challenged by three non-Indian couples and three states, led by Texas. Robert Barnes, Washington Post, 15 June 2023 Kevin Winter/Getty Images South Asian creators have been critical of the performance on social media, slamming the Academy for having non-Indian duo Tabitha and Napoleon D'uomo, or NappyTabs, choreograph, direct and cast the performance, as well as oversee costume and set design. Simrin Singh, CBS News, 15 Mar. 2023 In other words, tribal lands were dotted with little duchies of non-Indian land. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 8 Mar. 2023

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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 24 May. 2024.

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