- 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.
Examples from the Web for cherokees
The story goes on to marvel that “15 percent of the Cherokees built at the Ohio plant” are “destined for international markets.”When Campaign Spin Becomes Fact
March 21, 2014
"You feel the fate of John Ross and the Cherokees," author Hampton Sides wrote of Hicks' "probing, eloquent" history.This Week's Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
January 4, 2011
They went south and are probably the same people we know as Creeks and Cherokees.The Trail Book
It is said that he passed a considerable period among the Cherokees.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
The only inference to be drawn from them is, that the United States considered the Cherokees as a nation.
During the war of the Revolution, the Cherokees took part with the British.
Neither the British Government, nor the Cherokees, ever understood it otherwise.
- 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
Word Origin and History for cherokees
1670s, from Cherokee Tsaragi.
A Native American tribe who lived in the Southeast in the early nineteenth century; the Cherokees were known as one of the “civilized tribes” because they built schools and published a newspaper. In the 1830s, the United States government forcibly removed most of the tribe to reservations west of the Mississippi River. (See Trail of Tears.)