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Meaning of “Indian” in the English Dictionary

"Indian" in British English

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Indianadjective

uk   us   /ˈɪn.di.ən/
  • Indian adjective (INDIA)

belonging to or ​relating to ​India or ​itspeople: an Indian ​family the Indian ​ambassador
  • Indian adjective (AMERICA)

offensive old-fashioned belonging to or ​relating to Native Americans: an Indian ​chief

Indiannoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɪn.di.ən/
  • Indian noun [C] (INDIA)

a ​person from ​India
  • Indian noun [C] (AMERICA)

offensive old-fashioned a Native American : playingcowboys and Indians
(Definition of Indian from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Indian" in American English

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Indiannoun [C]

 us   /ˈɪn·di·ən/
an American Indian; ​Native American Indian also ​means a ​person from India.
Indian
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈɪn·di·ən/
(Definition of Indian from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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