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English

Most common English words: prepared « support « bit « #824: Indian » produce » drawn » field

Etymology

Noun: 1495 Yndeens or Indes, 1548 Indyans, 1553 Indians, 1611 Indian. Adjective: 1566. India +‎ -an.

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Indian (not comparable)

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Indian

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Of or related to India or its people.
  2. Of or related to the indigenous peoples of the Americas (but not the Aleut, Inuit, Metis, or Yupik).

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Noun

Singular
Indian

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Indians

Indian (plural Indians)

  1. Person from India.
  2. A member of one of the indigenous peoples of the Americas (but not a member of the Aleut, Inuit, Metis, or Yupik).
    • 1819-1820, Washington Irving, The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon:
      We stigmatize the Indians, also, as cowardly and treacherous, because they use stratagem in warfare in preference to open force; but in this they are fully justified by their rude code of honor.
  3. (obsolete) An Australian Aborigine.
  4. (obsolete) A Maori.
  5. (British) An Indian meal.
    We're going out tonight for an Indian.

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Indian Indian (no comparative or superlative) Indian (comparative: more Indian, superlative: most Indian) Indian (comparative: Indianer, superlative: Indianest)

  1. Indian (of India)
  2. Indian (of aboriginal people)

Simple English

The word Indian means from or about the country of the modern Republic of India or Bharat. It refers to a person from India. Many different languages are used in India, so there is no language called "Indian". Some languages of India are Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu.

The word Indian is also sometimes used for the people who were in North America, Central America, South America, and the islands of the Caribbean Sea when the Europeans first came there. The Europeans made a mistake and thought they were going to India, so they called the people "Indians".

Other names for these people are American Indians, First Nations, and Native Americans.

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