American Indian


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American Indian

n.
A member of any of the peoples indigenous to the Americas except the Eskimo, Aleut, and Inuit.

American Indian adj.
Usage Note: In principle, American Indian can apply to all native peoples throughout the Americas except the Eskimo, Aleut, and Inuit, but in practice it is generally restricted to the peoples of the United States and Canada. For native peoples in the rest of the hemisphere, usage generally favors Indian by itself or, less frequently, the contractions Amerindian or Amerind. See Usage Notes at First Nation, Indian, Native American.

American Indian

n
(Peoples) Also called: Native American a member of any of the indigenous peoples of North, Central, or South America, esp those of North America
adj
1. (Peoples) Also: Amerindian of or relating to any of these peoples, their languages, or their cultures
2. (Languages) Also: Amerindian of or relating to any of these peoples, their languages, or their cultures
Usage: The term American Indian is still acceptable and is widely used by American Indians themselves. The most accepted phrase in general use nowadays is Native American

Amer′ican In′dian


n.
a member of any of the indigenous peoples of North and South America, usu. excluding the Aleuts and Eskimos.
[1725–35]
usage: See Indian.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.American Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrivedAmerican Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
Amerindian, Native American - any member of the peoples living in North or South America before the Europeans arrived
Algonquian, Algonquin - a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Algonquian language and originally living in the subarctic regions of eastern Canada; many Algonquian tribes migrated south into the woodlands from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast
Anasazi - a Native American who lived in what is now southern Colorado and Utah and northern Arizona and New Mexico and who built cliff dwellings
Athabaskan, Athapascan, Athapaskan, Athabascan - a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Athapaskan language and living in the subarctic regions of western Canada and central Alaska
Amerindian race, Indian race - usually included in the Mongoloid race
Maya, Mayan - a member of an American Indian people of Yucatan and Belize and Guatemala who had a culture (which reached its peak between AD 300 and 900) characterized by outstanding architecture and pottery and astronomy; "Mayans had a system of writing and an accurate calendar"
Nahuatl - a member of any of various Indian peoples of central Mexico
Olmec - a member of an early Mesoamerican civilization centered around Veracruz that flourished between 1300 and 400 BC
Zapotec, Zapotecan - a member of a large tribe of Mesoamericans living in southern Mexico whose civilization flourished around 300 to 900
Buffalo Indian, Plains Indian - a member of one of the tribes of American Indians who lived a nomadic life following the buffalo in the Great Plains of North America
Chickasaw - a member of the Muskhogean people formerly living in northern Mississippi
Coeur d'Alene - a member of an Amerindian people living in northern Idaho around Coeur d'Alene Lake
Creek - any member of the Creek Confederacy (especially the Muskogee) formerly living in Georgia and Alabama but now chiefly in Oklahoma
Haida - a member of a seafaring group of North American Indians who lived on the Pacific coast of British Columbia and southwestern Alaska
Hoka, Hokan - a member of a North American Indian people speaking one of the Hokan languages
Iroquois - any member of the warlike North American Indian peoples formerly living in New York State; the Iroquois League were allies of the British during the American Revolution
Muskhogean, Muskogean - a member of any of the peoples formerly living in southeastern United States and speaking Muskhogean languages
Penutian - a member of a North American Indian people speaking one of the Penutian languages
Pueblo - a member of any of about two dozen Native American peoples called `Pueblos' by the Spanish because they live in pueblos (villages built of adobe and rock)
Injun, red man, Redskin - (slang) offensive term for Native Americans
Salish - a member of a group of North American Indians speaking a Salishan language and living on the northwest coast of North America
Shoshone, Shoshoni - a member of the North American Indian people (related to the Aztecs) of the southwestern United States
Taracahitian - a member of a group of peoples of Mexico
Tlingit - a member of a seafaring group of North American Indians living in southern Alaska
Wakashan - a member of one of the peoples in British Columbia and Washington who speak the Wakashan language
Aleut, Aleutian - a member of the people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands and southwestern Alaska
Eskimo, Esquimau, Inuit - a member of a people inhabiting the Arctic (northern Canada or Greenland or Alaska or eastern Siberia); the Algonquians called them Eskimo (`eaters of raw flesh') but they call themselves the Inuit (`the people')
Paleo-American, Paleo-Amerind, Paleo-Indian - a member of the Paleo-American peoples who were the earliest human inhabitants of North America and South America during the late Pleistocene epoch
sannup - a married male American Indian
squaw - an American Indian woman
2.American Indian - any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
Algonquian language, Algonquin, Algonquian - family of North American Indian languages spoken from Labrador to South Carolina and west to the Great Plains
Atakapan, Attacapa, Attacapan, Atakapa - a language spoken by the Atakapa of the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Texas
Athabascan, Athapaskan language, Athabaskan, Athapascan, Athapaskan - a group of Amerindian languages (the name coined by an American anthropologist, Edward Sapir)
Muskhogean language, Muskogean language, Muskhogean, Muskogean - a family of North American Indian languages spoken in the southeastern United States
Na-Dene - a family of North American Indian languages
Mosan - a family of Amerindian languages spoken in Washington and British Columbia
Caddoan, Caddoan language, Caddo - a family of North American Indian languages spoken widely in the Midwest by the Caddo
Iroquoian, Iroquoian language, Iroquois - a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Iroquois
Kechuan, Quechuan, Quechuan language, Quechua, Kechua - the language of the Quechua which was spoken by the Incas
Maracan language, Maraco - the language spoken by the Maraco
Tupi-Guarani, Tupi-Guarani language - a family of South American Indian languages
Arawak, Arawakan - a family of South American Indian languages spoken in northeastern South America
Caribbean language, Carib - the family of languages spoken by the Carib
Uto-Aztecan, Uto-Aztecan language - a family of American Indian languages
Mayan language, Maya, Mayan - a family of American Indian languages spoken by Maya
Siouan language, Siouan - a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Sioux
Tanoan, Tanoan language - a family of North American Indian language spoken in southwestern United States
Hokan, Hoka - a family of Amerindian languages spoken in California
Penutian - a family of Amerindian language spoken in the great interior valley of California
Translations

American Indian

nIndianer(in) m(f)
References in classic literature ?
In this, perhaps, he does no more than any other energetic and imaginative race would do, being compelled to set bounds to fancy by experience; but the North American Indian clothes his ideas in a dress which is different from that of the African, and is oriental in itself.
Like nations of higher pretensions, the American Indian gives a very different account of his own tribe or race from that which is given by other people.
Yes, like the North American Indian, who was a far nobler type than the Melanesian.
In a war of words, the tactics of the North American Indian.
The hospitality of the wild Arab, the courage of the North American Indian, and the faithful friendship of some of the Polynesian nations, far surpass anything of a similar kind among the polished communities of Europe.
Contrast the physical condition of the Irish with that of the North American Indian, or the South Sea Islander, or any other savage race before it was degraded by contact with the civilized man.
He was a huge fellow, standing I should say six feet six or seven inches, well developed and of a coppery red not unlike that of our own North American Indian, nor were his features dissimilar to theirs.
His features had the eagle-like quality that is so frequently found in those of the North American Indian.
Kwaque possessed overwhelmingly the slave-nature, while in Michael there was little more of the slave-nature than was found in the North American Indians when the vain attempt was made to make them into slaves on the plantations of Cuba.
I asked them what they intended doing with me; but, like our own North American Indians when questioned by a white man, they pretended not to understand me.
10) It should be noted that it is impossible to determine the authors of each of the flyers or newsletters cited in this paper, but they are to be found on the American Indian Cultural Support Main Page and come from the American Indian Movement or the National Alliance for Red Power.
When you choose to incorporate the importance of American Indian imagery to accomplish the youth development mission of your camping program, take time to examine your program and ask yourself -- Why are we doing this?

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