Native American
noun Date: 1737 a member of any of the aboriginal peoples of the western hemisphere; especially a Native American of North America and especially the U.S. — compare American IndianNative American adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • native American — native American, adj. a person born in the United States. [1835 45, Amer.] * * * ▪ indigenous peoples of Canada and United States Introduction also called  American Indian,  Amerindian,  Amerind,  Indian,  Aboriginal American,  or  First Nation… …   Universalium

  • Native American — Native Americans N COUNT Native Americans are people from any of the many groups who were already living in North America before Europeans arrived. The eagle is the animal most sacred to the Native Americans. Syn: American Indian ADJ: ADJ n… …   English dictionary

  • Native American — ► NOUN ▪ a member of any of the indigenous peoples of North and South America and the Caribbean Islands. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to these peoples. USAGE In the US, Native American is now the current accepted term in many contexts. See also… …   English terms dictionary

  • Native American — n., adj. AMERICAN INDIAN …   English World dictionary

  • Native American — Indian (def. 1). Usage. See Indian, Eskimo. * * * ▪ indigenous peoples of Canada and United States Introduction also called  American Indian,  Amerindian,  Amerind,  Indian,  Aboriginal A …   Universalium

  • native\ american — 1. (native american) (751↑, 170↓) This is a politically correct term used to refer to the indigenous people of the American Continents. They are also referred to as American Indians. Native Americans originally came to the North American… …   Urban English dictionary

  • Native American — Sitting Bull, Häuptling und Medizinmann der Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux. Foto von David Frances Barry, 1885 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Native American — /ˌneɪtɪv əˈmɛrɪkən/ (say .naytiv uh merikuhn) noun 1. a member of one of the indigenous peoples of North, South or Central America, especially of the North. 2. any of the languages of the Native Americans. –adjective 3. of or relating to the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Native American — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms Native American : singular Native American plural Native Americans someone who belongs to one of the tribes (= groups of people) who lived in North and South America before Europeans arrived …   English dictionary

  • Native American —    a person with North American Indian ancestry    For the transatlantic observer, a harsh usage which appears to disparage the greater part of those who were born in the United States and look upon it as their native land, quite apart from what… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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