American Indian

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EtymologyEdit

American + Indian. The noun is attested since 1702, the adjective since shortly thereafter.

NounEdit

American Indian (plural American Indians)

  1. A member of some indigenous peoples of the Americas, especially the United States, but excluding the Inuit, Yupik, and Aleuts.
  2. (Canada) An indigenous person from the United States.

Usage notesEdit

The term American Indian is generally accepted and sometimes replaced by Native American. However, it may cause offense if intended to include Canadian First Nations people.

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AdjectiveEdit

American Indian (comparative more American Indian, superlative most American Indian)

  1. Relating to the indigenous peoples of the Americas or their languages.

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