Definition of Paleo-Indian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpāliōˈindiən/


Relating to or denoting the earliest human inhabitants of the Americas, from as early as 40,000 years ago to circa 5000 bc.
Example sentences
  • This material is not typical of eastern Palaeo-Indian assemblages and eight radiocarbon determinations date it to the period between 17000 and 11000 years ago.
  • This kind of settlement is associated with the Palaeolithic period of the Old World, and the Paleo-Indian period of the New.
  • An explanation for the famous Mason-Quimby Line in central Michigan, north of which neither Paleo-Indian artifacts nor Pleistocene fossil vertebrates have been found, is well presented.


1 (the Paleo-Indian) The Paleo-Indian culture or period.
2A member of the Paleo-Indian peoples.
Example sentences
  • It was called so because the land which has become the state of Indiana, was once occupied by Paleo-Indians 10-12 thousand years ago.
  • This is exactly the time when humans (Paleo-Indians) colonized North America, and their arrival and skill as hunters at that time is documented by the appearance of artifacts.
  • About 11000 years ago Palaeo-Indians arrived in this area.
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