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noun, plural Ho·pis, (especially collectively) Ho·pi for 1.
  1. a member of a Pueblo Indian people of northern Arizona.
  2. a Uto-Aztecan language, the language of the Hopi Indians.
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Origin of Hopi

1875–80, Americanism; < Hopi hópi a Hopi person, literally, good, peaceable
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Historical Examples of hopi

  • We ascribed this wall, however, to the ancestors of the Moki (Hopi).

    A Canyon Voyage

    Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

  • Remember the sacred bull of Egypt and the snake-dance of the Hopi.

  • The object of this rite is the fructification of all seeds known to the Hopi.

  • Oraibi is the most western and conservative of the Hopi villages.

  • Not to be strong is to be a bad Hopi, and to be a bad Hopi is to court the disfavor of the gods.

British Dictionary definitions for hopi


  1. plural -pis or -pi a member of a North American Indian people of NE Arizona
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Shoshonean subfamily of the Uto-Aztecan family
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Word Origin for Hopi

from Hopi Hópi peaceful
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Word Origin and History for hopi


Pueblo people of the U.S. southwest, from Pueblo hopi, literally "well-mannered, civilized."

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