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[sem-uh-nohl] /ˈsɛm əˌnoʊl/
noun, plural Seminoles (especially collectively) Seminole.
a member of any of several groupings of North American Indians comprising emigrants from the Creek Confederacy territories to Florida or their descendants in Florida and Oklahoma, especially the culturally conservative present-day Florida Indians.
either of the Muskogean languages spoken by the Seminoles, comprising Mikasuki and the Florida or Seminole dialect of Creek.
of or relating to the Seminoles or their languages.
Origin of Seminole
earlier Seminolie < Creek simanó·li wild, runaway, alteration of earlier and dial. simaló·ni < American Spanish cimarrón; see maroon2 Unabridged
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  • It probably was the first time the proposition was submitted to the seminoles.

    The Exiles of Florida Joshua R. Giddings
  • If all the seminoles were like him, they were a noble people.

  • The old and timid Micanopy, head chief of the seminoles by birth, kept that title of honor.

    Four American Indians Edson L. Whitney
  • Osceola knew that the message was about the seminoles' leaving Florida.

    Four American Indians Edson L. Whitney
  • After the acquisition of Florida from Spain in 1819 many slaves in that section fled from their masters to the seminoles.

    The Choctaw Freedmen Robert Elliott Flickinger
  • But he was not to be bought by gifts to forsake the cause of the seminoles.

    Four American Indians Edson L. Whitney
  • To his mind the time seemed opportune for the seizure of East Florida as an indemnity for the outrages committed by the seminoles.

    Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for seminoles


(pl) -noles, -nole. a member of a North American Indian people consisting of Creeks who moved into Florida in the 18th century
the language of this people, belonging to the Muskhogean family
Word Origin
from Creek simanó-li fugitive, from American Spanish cimarrón runaway
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Word Origin and History for seminoles



1763, from Creek (Muskogean) simano:li, earlier simalo:ni "wild, untamed, runaway," from American Spanish cimarron (see maroon (v.)). They fought ward against U.S. troops 1817-18 and 1835-42, after which they largely were removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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seminoles in Culture
Seminoles [(sem-uh-nohlz)]

A tribe of Native Americans who inhabited Florida in the early nineteenth century. After fighting a war against the United States to keep their land, they were forcibly removed to reservations west of the Mississippi River in the 1840s.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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