- a member of a confederacy of North American Plains Indians of Caddoan stock formerly located along the Platte River valley, Nebraska, and now living in northern Oklahoma.
- the Caddoan language of the Pawnee Indians.
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Examples from the Web for pawnee
Her grandfather had been a physician and healer who—according to family lore—married a descendant of the Osage or Pawnee tribes.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
Pawnee said farewell to the aggressively healthy Chris Traeger and tropical fish Ann Perkins.Goodbye Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins, P.S. I Love You
January 31, 2014
Therefore, in the Hako, the Pawnee ceremony, the ear of corn is painted with blue.
Every animal was gone, including the one Pawnee Brown had ridden.
I'll get square with you some day, Pawnee Brown, mark my words!
Then, before Pawnee Brown could stop him his pistol flashed in the fire-light.
She would have liked to assist Pawnee Brown, but could not see how it could just then be done.
- plural -nees or -nee a member of a confederacy of related North American Indian peoples, formerly living in Nebraska and Kansas, now chiefly in Oklahoma
- the language of these peoples, belonging to the Caddoan family
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Word Origin and History for pawnee
Indian tribes of the Caddoan family, formerly inhabiting the plains of Nebraska, 1778, from Canadian French pani, from a Siouan language, e.g. Oto panyi.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper