Definitions for Indianˈɪn di ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

In•di•an*ˈɪn di ən(n.)

  1. Category: Peoples

    Ref: American Indian.

  2. any of the indigenous languages of the American Indians.

    Category: Peoples

  3. a native, citizen, or inhabitant of the Republic of India.

    Category: Peoples

  4. a native or inhabitant of the subcontinent of India.

    Category: Peoples

  5. (adj.)of or pertaining to the American Indians or their languages.

    Category: Peoples

  6. of or pertaining to India or S Asia.

    Category: Peoples

  7. Category: Ecology

    Ref: oriental (def. 3). 3

  8. belonging or pertaining to a phytogeographical division comprising India S of the Himalayas, and Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

* Usage: In modern times the term Indian may refer to a member of an aboriginal American people, to an inhabitant of the subcontinent of India, or to a citizen of the Republic of India. In the 18th century the term American Indian came to be used for the aboriginal inhabitants of the U.S. and Canada; it now includes the aboriginal peoples of South America as well. Amerindian and Amerind developed in the next century in a further attempt to reduce ambiguity. The most recent designation, esp. in North America, is Native American . American Indians themselves tend to use the terms Indian, American Indian, or a specific tribal name. They sometimes refer to themselves collectively as Indian Peoples. Whether one term will gain ascendancy over the others remains to be seen. The only pre-European inhabitants of North America to whom Indian or terms using the word Indian usu. are not applied are the Eskimos and Aleuts. See also Eskimo .

Origin of Indian:

1350–1400; < ME < OF < ML Indiānus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Indian, American Indian, Red Indian(noun)

    a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived

  2. Indian(noun)

    a native or inhabitant of India

  3. Amerind, Amerindian language, American-Indian language, American Indian, Indian(adj)

    any of the languages spoken by Amerindians

  4. Indian(adj)

    of or relating to or characteristic of India or the East Indies or their peoples or languages or cultures

    "the Indian subcontinent"; "Indian saris"

  5. Indian, Amerind, Amerindic, Native American(adj)

    of or pertaining to American Indians or their culture or languages

    "Native American religions"; "Indian arrowheads"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. Indian(adjective)ˈɪn di ən

    coming from or relating to India

    Indian cooking

  2. Indianˈɪn di ən

    Native American

    an Indian canoe

  3. Indian(noun)ˈɪn di ən

    a person from India

    Most Indians disagree with the policy.

  4. Indianˈɪn di ən

    a Native American

    cowboys and Indians


  1. Indian(Noun)

    Person from India.

  2. Indian(Noun)

    A member of one of the indigenous peoples of the Americas (but not a member of the Aleut, Inuit, Metis, or Yupik).

  3. Indian(Noun)

    An Australian Aborigine.

  4. Indian(Noun)

    A Maori.

  5. Indian(Noun)

    An Indian meal.

    We're going out tonight for an Indian.

  6. Indian(Adjective)

    Of or relating to India or its people.

  7. Indian(Adjective)

    Of or relating to the indigenous peoples of the Americas (but not the Aleut, Inuit, Metis, or Yupik).

  8. Indian(ProperNoun)

    Any language spoken by Indians.

  9. Origin: Noun: 1495 Yndeens or Indes, 1548 Indyans, 1553 Indians, 1611 Indian. Adjective: 1566. .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indian(adj)

    of or pertaining to India proper; also to the East Indies, or, sometimes, to the West Indies

  2. Indian(adj)

    of or pertaining to the aborigines, or Indians, of America; as, Indian wars; the Indian tomahawk

  3. Indian(adj)

    made of maize or Indian corn; as, Indian corn, Indian meal, Indian bread, and the like

  4. Indian(noun)

    a native or inhabitant of India

  5. Indian(noun)

    one of the aboriginal inhabitants of America; -- so called originally from the supposed identity of America with India


  1. Indian cuisine

    Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional cuisines native to India. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate and occupations, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. The development of these cuisines have been shaped by Dharmic beliefs, and in particular by vegetarianism, which is a growing dietary trend in Indian society. There has also been Central Asian influence on North Indian cuisine from the years of Mughal rule. Indian cuisine has been and is still evolving, as a result of the nation's cultural interactions with other societies. Historical incidents such as foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism have also played a role in introducing certain foods to the country. For instance, potato, a staple of Indian diet was brought to India by the Portuguese, who also introduced chillies and breadfruit.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Indian' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2665

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Indian' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4519

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Indian' in Nouns Frequency: #2482

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Indian' in Adjectives Frequency: #358

Translations for Indian

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a native inhabitant of North America (see also Red Indian at red ), Central or South America.

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