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Navajo

or Nav·a·ho

[nav-uh-hoh, nah-vuh-]
noun, plural Nav·a·jos, Nav·a·joes, (especially collectively) Nav·a·jo for 1.
  1. a member of the principal tribe of the southern division of the Athabaskan stock of North American Indians, located in New Mexico and Arizona, and now constituting the largest tribal group in the U.S.
  2. the Athabaskan language of the Navajo.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Navajo, their language, or their culture: a Navajo blanket.
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Historical Examples of navajos

  • After the Navajos had gone to rest we listened to some Mormon songs by Jacob's party.

    A Canyon Voyage

    Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

  • He was accompanied by friendly Pai Utes, who hated the Navajos.

    A Canyon Voyage

    Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

  • Then I buy blankets of the Navajos, which they make dirt cheap now.

  • I have business to see after far away, beyond the country of the Navajos.

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend

  • Why, if the Navajos was to run off his sheep it'd bust him wide open.

    Lone Pine

    R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend


Word Origin and History for navajos

Navajo

Athabaskan people and language, 1780, from Spanish Apaches de Nabaju (1629), from Tewa (Tanoan) Navahu, said to mean literally "large field" or "large planted field," containing nava "field" and hu "valley." Spanish Navajo was used 17c. in reference to the area now in northwestern New Mexico.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

navajos in Culture

Navajos

[(nav-uh-hohz, nah-vuh-hohz)]

A tribe of Native Americans, the most numerous in the United States. The Navajos have reservations in the Southwest.

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The Navajos were forced to move by United States troops under Kit Carson in 1864. They call the march, on which many died, the Long Walk.

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Today, they are known for their houses, called hogans, made of logs and earth; for their work as ranchers and shepherds; and for their skill in weaving distinctive blankets and fashioning turquoise and silver jewelry.
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