- 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.
- the Iroquoian language of the Cherokee, written since 1822 in a syllabic script invented for the language by Sequoya.
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Consequently, based on the Mancari reasoning, Baby Girl is an Indian child because she is a member of the Cherokee nation.Close Call for Native American Rights in Ruling on Baby Girl
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To his eyes, Washington was dominated by lawyers, all speaking incomprehensible legalese—or, as Keynes put it, “Cherokee”.Niall Ferguson Responds to the Blogospherse
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David Gregory the other night in Massachusetts spending 15 minutes on the Cherokee business.A Modest Debate Proposal
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To this Cherokee responded by vigorous wagging of the stump of his tail.
Shouts of applause went up for the victor, and there were many cries of “Cherokee!”
When White Fang struggled, Cherokee was content merely to hold on.
It was not a good grip, being too low down toward the chest; but Cherokee held on.
The backers of Cherokee waxed jubilant and offered ridiculous odds.
- plural -kees or -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
- the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
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Word Origin and History for cherokee
1670s, from Cherokee Tsaragi.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper