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- American Indian
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 Note at First Nation. See Usage Note at Indian. See Usage Note at Native American.
(plural American Indians)
The term American Indian is generally accepted and sometimes replaced by Native American. However, it may cause offence if intended to include Canadian First Nations people.
(comparative more American Indian, superlative most American Indian)
- Relating to the indigenous peoples of the Americas or their languages.