Definition of redskin in English:



dated, offensive
  • An American Indian.


The use of the term redskin is first recorded in the 18th century, translating (via French) a term in the Illinois language meaning literally ‘person with red skin’. The term originally had a neutral meaning and was used by American Indians themselves, but it eventually acquired an unfavourable connotation. Redskin, like the related terms red man and Red Indian, is now dated or offensive. American Indian, Native American, and (in Canada) First Nations are now the standard umbrella terms for members of the indigenous peoples of North America; if it is possible or appropriate, one can also use specific tribal names