[ir-uh-kwoi, -kwoiz]

noun, plural Ir·o·quois.

a member of a North American Indian confederacy, the Five Nations, comprising the Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, and Senecas, and later the Tuscaroras.


belonging or relating to the Iroquois or their tribes.

Origin of Iroquois

1660–70, Americanism; < French: adaptation of an unidentified term in an Algonquian language Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for iroquois

Contemporary Examples of iroquois

Historical Examples of iroquois

  • "He means the Ohio," explained the Iroquois to the children.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • But everything is raw, for the Iroquois are thorough savages.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • In the mountains of the Iroquois, beyond the clear springs of the Horican.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • I was introduced to the chief, father, and mayor of the Iroquois tribes.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • The dreaded name of Iroquois is potent, even across the centuries.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for iroquois


noun plural -quois

a member of any of a group of North American Indian peoples formerly living between the Hudson River and the St Lawrence and Lake ErieSee also Five Nations, Six Nations
any of the Iroquoian languages


of or relating to the Iroquois, their language, or their culture
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Word Origin and History for iroquois


1660s, from French (c.1600); not an Iroquoian word, perhaps from an Algonquian language. Related: Iroquoian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper