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apache

[ uh-pahsh, uh-pash; French a-pash ]
/ əˈpɑʃ, əˈpæʃ; French aˈpaʃ /
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noun, plural a·paches [uh-pah-shiz, uh-pash-iz; French a-pash]. /əˈpɑ ʃɪz, əˈpæʃ ɪz; French aˈpaʃ/.
a Parisian gangster, rowdy, or ruffian.
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Origin of apache

1735–45, Americanism;<French: Apache

Other definitions for apache (2 of 2)

Apache
[ uh-pach-ee ]
/ əˈpætʃ i /

noun, plural A·pach·es, (especially collectively) A·pach·e for 1.
a member of an Athabascan people of the southwestern United States.
any of the several Athabascan languages of Arizona and the Rio Grande basin.
Military. a two-man U.S. Army helicopter designed to attack enemy armor with rockets or a 30mm gun and equipped for use in bad weather and in darkness.
adjective
of or relating to an Athabascan people of the southwestern United States or their language.

Origin of Apache

First recorded in 1915–20; from Mexican Spanish, perhaps from Zuni ʔa·paču “Navajos,” presumably applied formerly to the Apacheans (Navajos and Apaches) generally
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British Dictionary definitions for apache (1 of 2)

apache
/ (əˈpɑːʃ, -ˈpæʃ, French apaʃ) /

noun
a Parisian gangster or ruffian

Word Origin for apache

from French: Apache

British Dictionary definitions for apache (2 of 2)

Apache
/ (əˈpætʃɪ) /

noun
plural Apaches or Apache a member of a North American Indian people, formerly nomadic and warlike, inhabiting the southwestern US and N Mexico
the language of this people, belonging to the Athapascan group of the Na-Dene phylum

Word Origin for Apache

from Mexican Spanish, probably from Zuñi Apachu, literally: enemy
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