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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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Historical Examples
  • After the navajos had gone to rest we listened to some Mormon songs by Jacob's party.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • He was accompanied by friendly Pai Utes, who hated the navajos.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • Then I buy blankets of the navajos, which they make dirt cheap now.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • I have business to see after far away, beyond the country of the navajos.

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • Why, if the navajos was to run off his sheep it'd bust him wide open.

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • And why was this debate between the American and the navajos so stubborn and tedious?

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • It was clear that his way of putting it had a great effect on the navajos.

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • He's gone off hunting navajos, and he's too jealous of her to leave her there by herself.

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • It was Manuelita returning, accompanied by Stephens and the navajos.

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • Suppose Stephens had got the secret of the mine from the navajos!

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
Word Origin and History for navajos

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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navajos in Culture
Navajos [(nav-uh-hohz, nah-vuh-hohz)]

A tribe of Native Americans, the most numerous in the United States. The Navajos have reservations in the Southwest.

Note: The Navajos were forced to move by United States troops under Kit Carson in 1864. They call the march, on which many died, the Long Walk.
Note: Today, they are known for their houses, called hogans, made of logs and earth; for their work as ranchers and shepherds; and for their skill in weaving distinctive blankets and fashioning turquoise and silver jewelry.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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