[ kahy-uh-wuh, -wah, -wey ]

noun,plural Ki·o·was, (especially collectively) Ki·o·wa for 1.
  1. a member of an Indigenous Great Plains tribe, now living primarily in Oklahoma.

  2. the language of the Kiowa, closely related to Tanoan.

  1. of or relating to the Kiowa or their language.

Origin of Kiowa

First recorded in 1800–10; from Kiowa kɔjgwu “principal people”

Words Nearby Kiowa Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Kiowa in a sentence

  • Almost within sight of the Kiowa camp, they were eager to approach and begin the fight.

    Three Sioux Scouts | Elmer Russell Gregor
  • When the Kiowa finally paused, and appeared to be waiting for a reply, the Cheyenne remained silent.

    Three Sioux Scouts | Elmer Russell Gregor