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Navaho

[nav-uh-hoh, nah-vuh-] /ˈnæv əˌhoʊ, ˈnɑ və-/
noun, plural Navahos, Navahoes (especially collectively) Navaho, adjective
1.

Navajo

or Navaho

[nav-uh-hoh, nah-vuh-] /ˈnæv əˌhoʊ, ˈnɑ və-/
noun, plural Navajos, Navajoes (especially collectively) Navajo for 1.
1.
a member of the principal tribe of the southern division of the Athabaskan stock of North American Indians, located in New Mexico and Arizona, and now constituting the largest tribal group in the U.S.
2.
the Athabaskan language of the Navajo.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Navajo, their language, or their culture:
a Navajo blanket.
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Examples from the Web for Navaho
Historical Examples
  • The Navaho had drawn rein to tail in behind the pony of his leader.

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  • The country was now unknown ground even to the old Navaho guide.

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  • The only other explanation was that the Navaho had been posted as guard at the cross cliff.

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  • Pete and the wounded Navaho hogtied Lennon with expert quickness.

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  • The young Navaho sprang forward, jabbering to his fellow tribesman.

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  • Before he had reached the opening, the wounded Navaho bounded back into the room.

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  • She was speaking rapidly to the young Navaho in mingled Spanish and English.

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  • Lennon had counted upon this dread and uncertainty of the young Navaho.

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  • The wounded Navaho was peering down from a hole in the ceiling.

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  • The Asa intermarried with the Navaho and lost their language.

British Dictionary definitions for Navaho

Navaho

/ˈnævəˌhəʊ; ˈnɑː-/
noun
1.
(pl) -ho, -hos, -hoes, -jo, -jos, -joes. a member of a North American Indian people of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Athapascan group of the Na-Dene phylum
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish Navajó pueblo, from Tena Navahu large planted field
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Word Origin and History for Navaho

Navajo

Athabaskan people and language, 1780, from Spanish Apaches de Nabaju (1629), from Tewa (Tanoan) Navahu, said to mean literally "large field" or "large planted field," containing nava "field" and hu "valley." Spanish Navajo was used 17c. in reference to the area now in northwestern New Mexico.

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