- a Parisian gangster, rowdy, or ruffian.
Origin of apache
- a member of an Athabaskan people of the southwestern U.S.
- any of the several Athabaskan 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.
Origin of Apache
Examples from the Web for apache
The whole operation used a series of brevity codes from the Indian Wars, and Jimbo was a quarter Apache.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
The administration has been trying to speed up the delivery of F-16 fighter jets and 24 Apache helicopters to Iraq.Exclusive: Putin’s Pilots Set to Fly Over Iraq
July 1, 2014
Hundreds of insurgents attacked and were only repelled by teams of Apache helicopters.We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night
Nathan Bradley Bethea
June 2, 2014
I visited the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico two years ago, where the telescope taking data for BOSS is located.Using Black Holes to Measure Dark Energy, Like a BOSS
Matthew R. Francis
April 13, 2014
The fourth in line to the British throne spent more than three years serving as an Apache helicopter pilot.Prince Harry Shaves, And Trades Combat For Desk Job And Aims To Bring Warrior Games To London
January 17, 2014
It is a little better than the work of an Apache, but not quite so good as that of a Cheyenne.The Devil's Dictionary
His face was as copper-colored as an Apache's and as motionless.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
“Break no brush and make all tracks like an Apache on the trail,” she said.
The bullet missed, as most Apache bullets had a habit of doing.When the West Was Young
Frederick R. Bechdolt
Hope we can ride together often enough for me to hear about the old Apache days.
- a Parisian gangster or ruffian
- 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 and History for apache
1745, from American Spanish (1598), probably from Yavapai (a Yuman language) 'epache "people." Sometimes derived from Zuni apachu "enemy" (cf. F.W. Hodge, "American Indians," 1907), but this seems to have been the Zuni name for the Navajo.
French journalistic sense of "Parisian gangster or thug" first attested 1902. Apache dance was the World War I-era equivalent of 1990s' brutal "slam dancing." Fenimore Cooper's Indian novels were enormously popular in Europe throughout the 19c., and comparisons of Cooper's fictional Indian ways in the wilderness and underworld life in European cities go back to Dumas' "Les Mohicans de Paris" (1854-1859). It is probably due to the imitations of Cooper (amounting almost to plagiarisms) by German author Karl May (1842-1912) that Apaches replaced Mohicans in popular imagination. Also cf. Mohawk.