Meaning of Red Indian in English:

Red Indian


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dated, offensive
  • A North American Indian.

    • ‘It is supposed to be about the contribution Red Indians made during the conflict in the Pacific.’
    • ‘Red Indian outfits are best worn by Red Indians.’
    • ‘The American Red Indians have venerated water sites with ritual solemnity.’
    • ‘To Red Indians, a totem-pole was the sacred representation of God.’
    • ‘Progressively, words like Indian, Red Indian, aboriginal, indigenous, and Amerindian attempted to place a whole range of separate nationalities into one condensed grouping.’
    • ‘I chose the Red Indians because I stayed with an Indian in Canada when I was 18.’
    • ‘The First Peoples of the Americas, the so-called Red Indians, culturally were of an entirely different view of the world to that of the British and Europeans with whom they clashed.’
    • ‘His work is largely responsible for the archetypes of ranchers, rustlers, and Red Indians immortalized by Hollywood.’
    • ‘The youngsters create their own costumes on the selected theme which can range from Peter Pan to fairies, Red Indians and football.’
    • ‘Cowboys and Red Indians took over the frontier town of Baildon.’
    • ‘That's when I remembered the Red Indians and their Spirit of the Flame.’
    • ‘My thoughts were broken by a frenzy of movement and what sounded like the war cry of the Red Indians.’
    • ‘The Canadian forces had a big presence locally and one of the Canadians was what was then called a Red Indian.’
    • ‘I assume that Sam is a Red Indian, though it has, to the best of my knowledge, never been confirmed.’
    • ‘My grandfather, I tell her, used to dress as a Red Indian and dive into a tank of water in a circus.’


The term Red Indian, first recorded in the early 19th century, has largely fallen out of use, associated as it is with stereotypes of cowboys and Indians and the Wild West, and today may cause offence. The normal terms in modern use are American Indian, North American Indian, and Native American or, if appropriate, the name of the specific people (Cherokee, Iroquois, and so on)