What does Indian mean?

Definitions for Indian
ˈɪn di ənin·di·an

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Indian, American Indian, Red Indiannoun

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

  2. Indiannoun

    a native or inhabitant of India

  3. Amerind, Amerindian language, American-Indian language, American Indian, Indianadjective

    any of the languages spoken by Amerindians

  4. Indianadjective

    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 Americanadjective

    of or pertaining to American Indians or their culture or languages

    "Native American religions"; "Indian arrowheads"


  1. Indiannoun

    Person from India.

  2. Indiannoun

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

  3. Indiannoun

    An Australian Aborigine.

  4. Indiannoun

    A Maori.

  5. Indiannoun

    An Indian meal.

    We're going out tonight for an Indian.

  6. Indianadjective

    Of or relating to India or its people.

  7. Indianadjective

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

  8. Indiannoun

    Any language spoken by Indians.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Indianadjective

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

  2. Indianadjective

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

  3. Indianadjective

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

  4. Indiannoun

    a native or inhabitant of India

  5. Indiannoun

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

  6. Etymology: [From India, and this fr. Indus, the name of a river in Asia, L. Indus, Gr. , OPers. Hindu, name of the land on the Indus, Skr. sindhu river, the Indus. Cf. Hindu.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Indian

    in′di-an, adj. belonging to the Indies, East or West, or to the aborigines of America.—n. a native of the Indies: a European who lives or has lived in India: an aboriginal of America.—ns. In′diaman, a large ship employed in trade, with India; In′dia-rub′ber, an elastic gummy substance, the inspissated juice of various tropical plants, extensively used in the arts: caoutchouc.—adj. In′dic, originating or existing in India, a term comprehensively applied to all the Aryan languages of India.—Indian berry, a climbing Indian shrub, its fruit Cocculus Indicus; Indian club, a bottle-shaped block of wood, swung in various motions by the arms with the view of developing the muscles of these and of the chest, &c.; Indian corn, maize, so called because brought from the West Indies; Indian cress, an ornamental garden shrub from Peru, with orange flowers; Indian file (see File); Indian fire, a pyrotechnic composition, used as a signal-light, consisting of sulphur, realgar, and nitre; Indian red (see Red); Indian summer, in America, a period of warm, dry, calm weather in late autumn, with hazy atmosphere.—India Docks, extensive docks in London for the accommodation of vessels engaged in the West and East India trade; India ink (see Ink); India Office, a government office in London, where are managed the affairs of the Indian government; India paper, a thin yellowish printing-paper made in China and Japan from vegetable fibre, and used in taking the finest proofs from engraved plates—hence called India proofs; India shawl, a Cashmere shawl.—East India Company, a great chartered company formed for trading with India and the East Indies, more especially applied to the English Company, incorporated in 1600 and abolished in 1858; East Indian, an inhabitant or a native of the East Indies; Red Indian, one of the aborigines of America, so called from the colour of the skin—(coll.) in U.S. Injen, Injun; West Indian, a native or an inhabitant of the West Indies. [L. IndiaIndus (Gr. Indos), the Indus (Pers. Hind. Hind; Zend Hindu)—Sans. sindhu, a river.]

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Indian in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Indian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Indian in a Sentence

  1. Russell Smith:

    An Indian tribe is sovereign to the extent that the U.S. permits it to be sovereign.

  2. Prince Phillip:

    It looks as if it was put in by an Indian. (looking at an old-fashioned fuse box while on a factory tour near Edinburgh)

  3. Melanie Benjamin:

    Native American did bring up that whole issue about that( Pocahontas) label, and my advice to Native American -- and I used an example -- is that in Indian country, Native American tribes are very community-oriented, native American tribes are those types of people where Native American tribes will embrace you as part of Native American tribes community and then Native American tribes will recognize you as Native American tribes community from there on.

  4. Joshua White:

    Indian and Pakistani leaders have long evinced confidence that they can understand each other's deterrence signals and can de-escalate at will, the fact that some of the most basic facts, intentions and attempted strategic signals of this crisis are still shrouded in mystery ... should be a sobering reminder that neither country is in a position to easily control a crisis once it begins.

  5. Vladimir Putin:

    As far as the S-400 deliveries are concerned, everything is going according to plan. Our Indian colleagues have not asked to speed anything up, it's all going fine.

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