Definition of Native American in English:

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Native American

Pronunciation:

noun

A member of any of the indigenous peoples of North and South America and the Caribbean Islands.
Example sentences
  • Accordingly, it is less common in African Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans.
  • So what if it turns out that lots of other native Americans are not Native Americans either?
  • He said one of the most memorable couples he had married were Native Americans, a Blackfoot groom and a Cherokee bride.

adjective

Relating to Native Americans.
Example sentences
  • She stated that she is of Native American background (Taino, from Puerto Rico).
  • Dome shaped windows are fringed with Native American dream catchers and swathes of bright orange or cream coloured curtains.
  • I am a strong Native American man who wants to learn more about my culture and attend Native American sweat lodges.

Usage

In the US, Native American is now the current accepted term in many contexts. The term American Indian is still used elsewhere, by American Indians themselves, among others, and is the form used in this dictionary. See American Indian (usage).

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