- Indian ► NOUN 1) a person from India. 2) an American Indian.► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to India. 2) relating to American Indians.DERIVATIVES Indianism noun Indianize (also Indianise) verb Indianness noun.USAGE American native peoples were called Indian as a result of Christopher Columbus and others believing that, when they reached the east coast of America, they had reached part of India by a new route. The terms Indian and Red Indian are today regarded as old-fashioned, recalling, as they do, the stereotypical portraits of the Wild West. The term American Indian, however, is well established.
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