Definitions for Indianˈɪn di ən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
In•di•an*ˈɪn di ən(n.)
Ref: American Indian.
any of the indigenous languages of the American Indians.
a native, citizen, or inhabitant of the Republic of India.
a native or inhabitant of the subcontinent of India.
(adj.)of or pertaining to the American Indians or their languages.
of or pertaining to India or S Asia.
Ref: oriental (def. 3). 3
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
Indian, American Indian, Red Indian(noun)
a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
a native or inhabitant of India
Amerind, Amerindian language, American-Indian language, American Indian, Indian(adj)
any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
of or relating to or characteristic of India or the East Indies or their peoples or languages or cultures
"the Indian subcontinent"; "Indian saris"
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
Indian(adjective)ˈɪn di ən
coming from or relating to India
Indianˈɪn di ən
an Indian canoe
Indian(noun)ˈɪn di ən
a person from India
Most Indians disagree with the policy.
Indianˈɪn di ən
a Native American
cowboys and Indians
Person from India.
A member of one of the indigenous peoples of the Americas (but not a member of the Aleut, Inuit, Metis, or Yupik).
An Australian Aborigine.
An Indian meal.
We're going out tonight for an Indian.
Of or relating to India or its people.
Of or relating to the indigenous peoples of the Americas (but not the Aleut, Inuit, Metis, or Yupik).
Any language spoken by Indians.
Origin: Noun: 1495 Yndeens or Indes, 1548 Indyans, 1553 Indians, 1611 Indian. Adjective: 1566. .
of or pertaining to India proper; also to the East Indies, or, sometimes, to the West Indies
of or pertaining to the aborigines, or Indians, of America; as, Indian wars; the Indian tomahawk
made of maize or Indian corn; as, Indian corn, Indian meal, Indian bread, and the like
a native or inhabitant of India
one of the aboriginal inhabitants of America; -- so called originally from the supposed identity of America with India
India cuisine or Indian food 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. Indian cuisine has also shaped the history of international relations; the spice trade between India and Europe is often cited by historians as the primary catalyst for Europe's Age of Discovery. Spices were bought from India and traded around Europe and Asia. It has also influenced other cuisines across the world, especially those from Southeast Asia, the British Isles and the Caribbean.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Indian' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2665
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Indian' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4519
Rank popularity for the word 'Indian' in Nouns Frequency: #2482
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.
- الهِنْدي الأمريكيArabic
- índioPortuguese (BR)
- Indián, -kaCzech
- der/die Indianer(in)German
- इंडियन, रेडइंडियनHindi
- orang IndianIndonesian
- amerískur indíániIcelandic
- indiano d'AmericaItalian
- (미) 인디언Korean
- orang IndianMalay
- سوړه پوستPashto
- Indián, -kaSlovak
- 北美原住民Chinese (Trad.)
- شمالی امریکا کے اصلی باشندہUrdu
- người Anh ĐiêngVietnamese
- 印第安人Chinese (Simp.)
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