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Sense: 1,3
Date: 1200-1300
Origin: India;
Sense: 2
Origin: From Christopher Columbus's mistaken belief that America was part of Asia


1 noun
Related topics: Nationality and Race
1 [countable]SAN someone from India
2 [countable]SAN a member of one of the races that lived in North, South, and Central America before the Europeans arrived [= Native American]
3 [singular] British English informal a meal of Indian food, or a restaurant that sells Indian food:
Do you fancy going out for an Indian?

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