or Nav·a·ho

[ nav-uh-hoh, nah-vuh- ]


, plural Nav·a·jos, Nav·a·joes, (especially collectively) Nav·a·jo
  1. Also called Diné. a member of the most populous nation of the southern division of Athabascan Native Americans, located in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah, and now constituting the largest tribal group in the United States.
  2. the Athabascan language of the Navajo.


  1. Also . of, relating to, or characteristic of the Navajo, their language, or their culture:

    a Navajo blanket.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Navajo1

First recorded in 1800–10; from American Spanish Apaches de Nabajú “Apaches of Nabajú” (Navajo and several Apachean languages are mutually intelligible), originally a place name applied to the Largo Canyon region of the Four Corners area of northwest New Mexico, from Tewa navahu “large arroyo with cultivated fields”; Diné ( def )

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Example Sentences

Krystal Tsosie is a Navajo bioethicist and geneticist at Vanderbilt University.

Right now, the Navajo-style wide-brim hats in the Thunder Voice store are all sold out, but their handmade cotton masks are still in stock.

In Navajo, men turn to their women on what needs to happen, what happens on a day-to-day basis, because the women took care of the house, the kids, and all the men did was go out to gather and hunt.

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The state’s Native population, which includes Navajo and Pueblo tribes, has had it even worse.

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Months of curfews brought the virus under control, but Nez and other Navajo leaders feared in-person education would risk another outbreak.

Navajo Nation once took Urban Outfitters to court for trademark infringement.

Currently Cherokee, Hawaiian, Inuktitut, Inupiaq, Kalaallisut, and Navajo are supported.

Start your journey at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, the dramatic backdrop for countless Hollywood Westerns.

Elizabeth Raitz-Cowboy, an Aetna medical director, said her husband is a full-blooded Navajo.

So we bought one of those tours that combines a Jeep ride with a Navajo guide and a horseback ride.

Perchance he is living with them to-day on the Navajo reservation.

Both are of Navajo importation, by which tribe they are much prized and used.

As the Navajo obeyed the rat blew a strong breath on the hole, which at once opened wide enough to let the visitor in.

So, taking a tanned elk skin to cover his back and a pair of new moccasins to protect his feet, the Navajo set out from the cave.

The tsintso is made of cherry, which grows only on high mountains in the Navajo country.


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