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[kuh-man-chee, koh-] /kəˈmæn tʃi, koʊ-/
noun, plural Comanches (especially collectively) Comanche for 1.
a member of a Shoshonean tribe, the only tribe of the group living entirely on the Plains, formerly ranging from Wyoming to Texas, now in Oklahoma.
the dialect of Shoshone spoken by the Comanche.
Origin of Comanche
1800-10, Americanism; < American Spanish < Southern Paiute kɨmmanci-, as in kɨmmanciŋw strangers, Shoshones; or < a related word in another Numic language Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But if she had thought it a Sioux and Comanche story, it would have been the same to her.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • The shoulder blade was found in the Comanche country, in Texas.

  • The Comanche villages were several days' journey to the southwest.

  • I've been telling this Comanche what I seen 'mong the white folks.

    The Prairie Traveler Randolph Marcy
  • I then asked him to explain to the Comanche the magnetic telegraph.

    The Prairie Traveler Randolph Marcy
  • “I should have taken it for a Comanche camp,” said the half-blood.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • We have heard of you from our allies the Comanche—we have heard of Carlos the Cibolero!

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • All these things have our Comanche brothers told us, and much more of you.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for Comanche


(pl) -ches, -che. a member of a Native American people, formerly ranging from the River Platte to the Mexican border, now living in Oklahoma
the language of this people, belonging to the Shoshonean subfamily of the Uto-Aztecan family
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Comanche

1819, from Spanish, from a Shoshonean language, e.g. Ute kimánci "enemy, foreigner." Comanchero was a 19c. name given to Hispanic and American traders who dealt with the Comanches.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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