Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


 (ĭn′dē-ăn′ə) Abbr. IN or Ind.
A state of the north-central United States. It was admitted as the 19th state in 1816. The area was controlled by France until 1763 and by Great Britain until 1783. The Indiana Territory was formed in 1800. Indianapolis is the capital and the largest city.

In′di·an′an, In′di·an′i·an adj. & n.


(Placename) a native or inhabitant of Indiana
(Placename) of or relating to Indiana or its inhabitants
Mentioned in ?
References in classic literature ?
Why, I've seen Kentuckians who hated whiskey, Virginians who weren't descended from Pocahontas, Indianians who hadn't written a novel, Mexicans who didn't wear velvet trousers with silver dollars sewed along the seams, funny Englishmen, spendthrift Yankees, cold-blooded Southerners, narrow- minded Westerners, and New Yorkers who were too busy to stop for an hour on the street to watch a one-armed grocer's clerk do up cranberries in paper bags.
when she married (1910) an extremely eligible young Indianian she and her mother had met while vacationing at French Lick the summer before.
Hoosiers--as we Indianians call ourselves--watched manufacturing plants continue their flight to cheaper labor pools abroad (Cowie 2001).