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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective In"di*an
  1. Of or pertaining to India proper; also to the East Indies, or, sometimes, to the West Indies.
  2. Of or pertaining to the aborigines, or Indians, of America; as, Indian wars; the Indian tomahawk.
  3. Made of maize or Indian corn; as, Indian corn, Indian meal, Indian bread, and the like.(U.S)

Etymology: From India, and this fr. Indus, the name of a river in Asia, L. Indus, Gr. �, OPers. Hindu, name of the land on the Indus, Skr. sindhu river, the Indus. Cf. Hindu

noun In"di*an
  1. A native or inhabitant of India.
  2. One of the aboriginal inhabitants of America; -- so called originally from the supposed identity of America with India.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
  2. A native or inhabitant of India
  3. Of or pertaining to Native Americans or their culture or languages ("Indian arrowheads")
  4. Of or relating to or characteristic of India or the East Indies or their peoples or languages or cultures ("the Indian subcontinent" and "Indian saris")

From Anglo-Norman indien, Middle French indien, corresponding to Ind +‎ -ian.

  1. (nonstandard) Any of the (unrelated) languages spoken by American Indians.
  2. (nonstandard, rare) Any language spoken by natives of India, especially Hindi.
  3. A person from India. [from 13th c.]
  4. A member of one of the indigenous peoples of the Americas (generally excluding the Aleut, Inuit, Metis, or Yupik). [from 16th c.]
  5. (now rare, historical) An indigenous inhabitant of Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific islands. [from 18th c.]
  6. (Britain, colloquial) A meal at (or taken away from) an Indian restaurant. [from 20th c.]
    We're going out tonight for an .
  7. (Britain, colloquial) An Indian restaurant.
    We're going down the for a curry - wanna join us?

Indian was also found in the following language(s): Interlingua

Notable Persons Named Indian

Indian Larry was a motorcycle builder and artist, stunt rider, and biker. Indian was given the name Lawrence DeSmedt on April 28th, 1949 in , U.S. He left this life on August 30th, 2004.


Indian Joe is a guide. Indian was born in 1739.



Indian was born in 1730. She breathed her last breath in 1802.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Indian

Apache Indian is a bhangragga and reggae singer, songwriter, musician, entertainer, actor, founder/director of apache indian music academy, singing, and entertainment. He plays Vocals. He has been prominent since 1980. Apache was given the name Steven Kapur on May 11th, 1967.


Super Indian is a comics character.


Jack was born on June 8th, 1926. He passed away on October 24th, 1992.


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Fun Facts about the name Indian

  • How Popular is the name Indian? Indian is the 87,339th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Indian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Indian in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Indian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1984 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Indian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Indian is Sunday, April 8th, 1888.
  • What year had the most people named Indian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Indian was in 1984 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Indian: Your name in reverse order is Naidni. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ndnaii. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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