Definition of Native American in US English:

Native American

noun

  • A member of any of the indigenous peoples of North, Central, and South America.

    • ‘He said one of the most memorable couples he had married were Native Americans, a Blackfoot groom and a Cherokee bride.’
    • ‘Even as a teenager, she had felt drawn to work with African Americans and Native Americans.’
    • ‘Aboriginals and Native Americans both use fire to control the bush.’
    • ‘It's a faded picture of four aging Native Americans at the turn of the century in their indigenous dress.’
    • ‘Accordingly, it is less common in African Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans.’
    • ‘The second part focuses on the ways that Native Americans and Europeans adjusted to this new commerce.’
    • ‘But what about the flood legends of the Native Americans and the Australian Aborigines?’
    • ‘An ancient form of travel, snowshoeing dates back in North America to early Native Americans.’
    • ‘Similar laws are already in place for other Native Americans on the Canadian border, like the Mohawks.’
    • ‘The first genocide in modern history was committed by European immigrants on Native Americans.’
    • ‘Maybe the Native Americans in central and South America should be allowed to sue Spain and Portugal?’
    • ‘Prior to contact with European colonists, few Native Americans lived in urban settlements.’
    • ‘So what if it turns out that lots of other native Americans are not Native Americans either?’
    • ‘British and French settlers in the north-east forced the Native Americans inland, as did the Spanish in the south-west.’
    • ‘Five papers on Native Americans in North America comprise the next section of the volume.’
    • ‘Frontiersmen were taken with the extent to which Native Americans enjoyed freedom as individuals.’
    • ‘African Americans and Native Americans share a complicated and not always easy history.’
    • ‘It is also much more common in African and Native Americans than in Caucasians.’
    • ‘The Committee is concerned that aboriginal rights of Native Americans may, in law, be extinguished by Congress.’
    • ‘How would Americans feel if the Native Americans expelled everybody else from California and established an Iriquois homeland?’

adjective

  • Relating to Native Americans.

    • ‘I too, am Native American of the Cherokee tribe and I minored in Native American studies in college.’
    • ‘Many of our traditions are based on Native American traditions, and we have a strong orientation to take care of the Earth.’
    • ‘What I didn't understand, however, was the generalization of Native American beliefs.’
    • ‘He specialised in representing Native American tribes, many of whom are now fabulously wealthy thanks to the casinos they are permitted to operate.’
    • ‘This exhibition celebrates the beauty, power, and symbolism of the tradition of Native American arts.’
    • ‘Clark falls into a cave complete with Native American cave drawings.’
    • ‘Apaches are making important contributions to Native American literature and the arts.’
    • ‘Using ancient tribal patterns, Native American jewelry is both ornate and beautiful and loved by men and women.’
    • ‘There is even one Native American language, Guarani, the language spoken by most Paraguayans.’
    • ‘Thaw out with luxury pampering at the Spa at Sundance, which pays homage to Native American traditions.’
    • ‘Outside of the Roman Empire, St. Bernards were prominent in many Native American creation myths.’
    • ‘I have tattoos on my arms and one of them is two Native American arrows, crossed over each other.’
    • ‘Dome shaped windows are fringed with Native American dream catchers and swathes of bright orange or cream coloured curtains.’
    • ‘Among them were crews of Navajo Scouts, Native American firefighters from Arizona.’
    • ‘I am a strong Native American man who wants to learn more about my culture and attend Native American sweat lodges.’
    • ‘Aside from here, the Lakota and Iroquois nations are represented as Native American countries.’
    • ‘She stated that she is of Native American background (Taino, from Puerto Rico).’
    • ‘In South Dakota, Native American officials are suing for clarification of new election rules.’
    • ‘There was concern that Native American students would not be able to gain access to the genetic education curriculum.’
    • ‘Symbolically the Swastika is found all over the world - in Native American tribes, in Europe, in ancient India.’

Usage

Native American is now an accepted term in many contexts. The term American Indian is also used widely and acceptably. See also American Indian

Pronunciation

Native American

/ˈnādiv əˈmerəkən//ˈneɪdɪv əˈmɛrəkən/