Coeur d'Alene

or Coeur d'A·lêne

[ kur dl-eyn, or, especially for 3 kawr dl-eyn ]

noun,plural Coeur d'A·lenes (especially collectively) Coeur d'Al·ene for 1.
  1. Also called Schi·tsu’umsh [shtee-choo-uhmps] /ˈʃti tʃu əmps/ . a member of an Indigenous people in northern Idaho and southern Washington State around Coeur d'Alene Lake.

  2. Also called Schi·tsu'umsh·tsn [shtee-choo-uhmps-uhn-tsuhn] /ˌʃti tʃuˈʌmps ən tsən/ . the Salishan language of the Coeur d'Alene.

  1. a city in northern Idaho.

  1. of or relating to the Coeur d'Alene or their language.

Origin of Coeur d'Alene

First recorded in 1804–06 in the Lewis and Clark expedition; from French Coeur d'Alêne “heart of (an) awl,” of disputed meaning; possibly applied by French traders to a stingy tribal chief, possibly applied by a tribal chief's description of the size of a French trader's heart, or possibly referring to the sharpness of the trading skills of the native people in their dealings with the traders

Words Nearby Coeur d'Alene Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023