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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to India or the East Indies or to their peoples, languages, or cultures.
  • adj. Of or relating to any of the Native American peoples except the Eskimos, Aleuts, and Inuits.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of India or of the East Indies.
  • n. A member of any of the Native American peoples except the Eskimos, Aleuts, and Inuits.
  • n. Any of the languages of these peoples.
  • n. See Indus2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to India or its people.
  • adj. Of or relating to the indigenous peoples of the Americas (but not the Aleut, Inuit, Metis, or Yupik).
  • n. Person from India.
  • n. A member of one of the indigenous peoples of the Americas (but not a member of the Aleut, Inuit, Metis, or Yupik).
  • n. An Australian Aborigine.
  • n. A Maori.
  • n. An Indian meal.
  • proper n. Any language spoken by Indians.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to India proper; also to the East Indies, or, sometimes, to the West Indies.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the aborigines, or Indians, of America
  • adj. Made of maize or Indian corn.
  • adj. a lauraceous tree (Persea Indica).
  • n. A native or inhabitant of India.
  • n. One of the aboriginal inhabitants of America; -- so called originally from the supposed identity of America with India.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining, or relating to India or to the Indies (now specifically called the East Indies in distinction from the West Indies), or to the languages of India.
  • Pertaining or relating
  • originally to the West Indies or their inhabitants;
  • now, in an extended sense, to the whole race of American Indians or aborigines: as, Indian arrows; an Indian blanket; an Indian name.
  • Made of maize or Indian corn: as, Indian meal; Indian bread.
  • A baked, boiled, or steamed pudding made with Indian meal, molasses, and suet, and in New England in former times almost universally, and still quite extensively, forming a part of the Sunday dinner.
  • n. A member of one of the native races of India or the East Indies; an East Indian.
  • n. A European who resides or has resided in the East Indies; an Anglo-Indian.
  • n. An aboriginal native of North or South America: so named by Columbus and other early navigators, who thought that the lands discovered by them were parts of India. In English writers of the sixteenth century this name is confined to those tribes with whom the Spaniards came in contact; after 1600 it is applied also to the aboriginal inhabitants of North America generally.
  • To prowl about or live like an Indian.
  • Large, flat cakes made of cassava meal and then roasted. Sec cassava, 2.
  • n. A native of Australia or New Zealand, or of Polynesia.
  • n. Any native language of America. See Amerindian.
  • n. A constellation (Indus) lying between Sagittarius and the south pole.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
  • n. a native or inhabitant of India
  • adj. of or pertaining to American Indians or their culture or languages
  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of India or the East Indies or their peoples or languages or cultures
  • n. a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived

Etymologies

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

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