The word can be used for two different races of people.

1) When Columbus found America while looking for India, they started calling the natives as Indians. The term Indian (or "Red Indian")is routinely used to call the original people who inhabited the land what is today USA as well as part of Canada. However, Native American is a politically correct term to call a person of that origin. Some Native Americans consider it offensive if you call them Indian.

2) This term originally and accurately also refers to a person originating from the country (or a citizen of)India.
In America, Indian refers usually to Native American and sometimes a person from India. If you're in America and two people are talking:

One: He is an Indian
Two: You mean from India? or Native American.

In most other parts of the world:
One: He is an Indian.
Two: Oh really, I've been to India before. Its too hot out there.
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A person of country India
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1. Someone from the country of India. Although from an immensly crowded native country, when given opportunities, blow people's minds.

2. Wealthiest minority in the USA

3. One who dominates in medical sciences, as well as in engineering fields

4. Someone who calls his country SECULAR, although over 90% are hindu

5. People who dominate the cricket fields
The father hesitated when faced with the challenge of choosing between two indian physicians for his new family.
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Indians are the wealthiest among all ethnic groups in America, even faring better than Caucasians.

There are 3.22 million Indians in the US (1.5% of the population)

12% of scientists in the US are Indians
38% of doctors(physicians, dentists, PhDs, etc) in America are Indian.
36% of NASA scientists are Indians.
34% of Microsoft employees are Indians.
28% of IBM employees are Indians.
17% of INTEL scientists are Indians.
13% of XEROX employees are Indians.

As of 2002 India is the largest source of international students accounting for more than 11 percent or 67,000 of the over half-million studying in various universities in the U.S. In this case, Indian students for the first time outnumbered the hitherto largest source of international students, which was China. For the period of 2002-03, Indian student remain number 1 in U.S. university enrollments, totaling 74,603, up from the previous year. This accounts for a good 13% of the 586,323 international students.

Indians make up 10% of all medical students in America.
Is your doctor Indian?
Ya, is yours?
Of course!
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1. A person from the country of India
2. The most intelligent and smartest people on this planet.
3. The wealthiest people in the USA.
4. Anybody named Raj.
1. John: What race are you?
Raj: I'm Indian, from India.
2. John: Raj didn't even miss one question on the test.
Tom: That's because he's indian.
3. John: Raj just bought a new mercedes and now he's got ten of 'em.
Tom: So what? so does every other Indian I know.
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A person who is from the country India, which apparently doesn't believe in the concept of deodorant. Not to be confused with the term Native American, which is a group of people that drink alcohol in copious amounts.
Dude were you in the airport after the Air India flight arrived. Those fucking Indians made the place smell worse than skunk.

Lets go drink firewater like an Indian does!!
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Indians are an academically advanced people who when given the opportunity will often exceed others in any given area of expertise. They are also known for their spicy foods and curries, and inventing the idea of '0' before the Mayans. Hinduism, the main religion, is the one of the oldest surviving religions in the world and the most tolerant of other religions. Bollywood and bhangra music are entering into the American mainstream with hits such as the blockbuster movie Bend it like Beckham and the hit music track, Beware of the Boys
Dude, have u heard that one track by Jay-Z and the Punjabi MC? It's called 'Beware of the Boys', go check it out if you love indians
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