noun, plural a·paches [uh-pah-shiz, uh-pash-iz; French a-pash] /əˈpɑ ʃɪz, əˈpæʃ ɪz; French aˈpaʃ/.
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Definition for apaches (2 of 2)
noun, plural A·pach·es, (especially collectively) A·pach·e.
Origin of Apache
Examples from the Web for apaches
But the Apaches are short range and need maintenance troops to deploy with them into a location within Iraq itself.Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS|Dave Majumdar|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One pilot friend in Zwara pointed out that just “two Apaches,” attack helicopters, would intimidate the militias into a ceasefire.It’s Not the USA that Made Libya the Disaster it is Today|Ann Marlowe|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Earlier this year, army Apaches shot up several convoys that refused to stop while navigating mountainous dunes near the border.On the Contraband Trail With Libya’s Gun Smugglers|Peter Schwartzstein|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Apaches used what was once a marshy ciénaga as a water hole for centuries.Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America|Condé Nast Traveler|March 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not long after the Spanish conquistadores explored the region for gold, they began snatching Apaches and other natives as slaves.The Bin Laden of His Day? A New Biography of Geronimo|Marc Wortman|December 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
One hunter who escaped the ambush reported that an overwhelming number of Apaches were in the wooded hills.The Pinos Altos Story|Dorothy Watson
This, too, may have been by the order of the Government, but the Apaches do not understand it.Geronimo's Story of His Life|Geronimo
Individually, I succeeded in making friends with most of these Apaches.Forty Years Among the Indians|Daniel W. Jones
Perhaps the Navaho and Apaches never had totemic names for their exogamous local groups.Method in the Study of Totemism|Andrew Lang
Besides the risk of encountering the Apaches, there was the ever-present peril from wild beasts and venomous serpents.Through Apache Lands|R. H. Jayne
British Dictionary definitions for apaches (1 of 2)
Word Origin for apache
British Dictionary definitions for apaches (2 of 2)
Word Origin for Apache
Word Origin and History for apaches
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.