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Cherokee

[cher-uh-kee, cher-uh-kee] /ˈtʃɛr əˌki, ˌtʃɛr əˈki/
noun, plural Cherokees (especially collectively) Cherokee for 1.
1.
a member of an important tribe of North American Indians whose first known center was in the southern Alleghenies and who presently live in North Carolina and Oklahoma.
2.
the Iroquoian language of the Cherokee, written since 1822 in a syllabic script invented for the language by Sequoya.
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  • It was not a good grip, being too low down toward the chest; but Cherokee held on.

    White Fang Jack London
  • When White Fang struggled, Cherokee was content merely to hold on.

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  • The backers of Cherokee waxed jubilant and offered ridiculous odds.

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  • Shouts of applause went up for the victor, and there were many cries of “Cherokee!”

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  • To this Cherokee responded by vigorous wagging of the stump of his tail.

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British Dictionary definitions for Cherokee

Cherokee

/ˈtʃɛrəˌkiː; ˌtʃɛrəˈkiː/
noun
1.
(pl) -kees, -kee. a member of a Native American people formerly living in and around the Appalachian Mountains, now chiefly in Oklahoma; one of the Iroquois peoples
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
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Word Origin and History for Cherokee

1670s, from Cherokee Tsaragi.

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