- a Parisian gangster, rowdy, or ruffian.
Origin of apache
- a member of an Athabaskan people of the southwestern U.S.
- any of the several Athabaskan languages of Arizona and the Rio Grande basin.
- Military. a two-man U.S. Army helicopter designed to attack enemy armor with rockets or a 30mm gun and equipped for use in bad weather and in darkness.
Origin of Apache
Examples from the Web for apaches
But the Apaches are short range and need maintenance troops to deploy with them into a location within Iraq itself.Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS
October 10, 2014
One pilot friend in Zwara pointed out that just “two Apaches,” attack helicopters, would intimidate the militias into a ceasefire.It’s Not the USA that Made Libya the Disaster it is Today
August 3, 2014
Earlier this year, army Apaches shot up several convoys that refused to stop while navigating mountainous dunes near the border.On the Contraband Trail With Libya’s Gun Smugglers
June 16, 2014
Apaches used what was once a marshy ciénaga as a water hole for centuries.Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America
Condé Nast Traveler
March 18, 2014
Not long after the Spanish conquistadores explored the region for gold, they began snatching Apaches and other natives as slaves.The Bin Laden of His Day? A New Biography of Geronimo
December 5, 2012
By the time he had gained the shelter a dozen Apaches were firing at him.
To him the Bruncknow house meant shelter from the Apaches; that was all.
At once the Apaches sallied forth from their cover in full cry after him.
Many promises had been made to the Apaches but none had been kept.
And during all the rest of that afternoon he lay there standing off the Apaches.
- a Parisian gangster or ruffian
- plural Apaches or Apache a member of a North American Indian people, formerly nomadic and warlike, inhabiting the southwestern US and N Mexico
- the language of this people, belonging to the Athapascan group of the Na-Dene phylum
Word Origin and History for apaches
1745, from American Spanish (1598), probably from Yavapai (a Yuman language) 'epache "people." Sometimes derived from Zuni apachu "enemy" (cf. F.W. Hodge, "American Indians," 1907), but this seems to have been the Zuni name for the Navajo.
French journalistic sense of "Parisian gangster or thug" first attested 1902. Apache dance was the World War I-era equivalent of 1990s' brutal "slam dancing." Fenimore Cooper's Indian novels were enormously popular in Europe throughout the 19c., and comparisons of Cooper's fictional Indian ways in the wilderness and underworld life in European cities go back to Dumas' "Les Mohicans de Paris" (1854-1859). It is probably due to the imitations of Cooper (amounting almost to plagiarisms) by German author Karl May (1842-1912) that Apaches replaced Mohicans in popular imagination. Also cf. Mohawk.