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Definition of "redskin" [red•skin]

  • Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Native American. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "redskin" in a sentence
  • "Colonists used scalping to prove they had killed an Indian for bounty which is where the term "redskin" came from - and why they deem the Washingon Redskins so negatively"
  • "Probably becuase the term redskin has nothing to do with skin color but rather the red buckskin worn by indian warriors before going to battle??"
  • "34 Their media guide—on page 272, no less—reads that “the term redskin... was inspired not by their natural complexion but by their fondness for vermillion makeup.”"