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Siouan

[soo-uh n]
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noun
  1. an American Indian language family formerly widespread from Saskatchewan to the lower Mississippi, also found in the Virginia and Carolina piedmont, and including Catawba, Crow, Dakota, Hidatsa, Mandan, Osage, and Winnebago.
  2. a member of one of the Siouan-speaking peoples.
adjective
  1. of or relating to the Sioux or the Siouan languages.

Origin of Siouan

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; Sioux + -an
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Siouan

noun
  1. a family of North American Indian languages including Sioux, probably related to Iroquoian
adjective
  1. of or relating to the Sioux peoples or languages
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Word Origin and History for siouan

Siouan

adj.

1885, from Sioux + -an. Replacing Dakotan.

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