- a member of an Algonquian-speaking tribe formerly in the east-central U.S., now in Oklahoma.
- the Algonquian language of the Shawnee tribe.
- a town in E Kansas.
- a city in central Oklahoma.
Origin of Shawnee
1720–30, Americanism; back formation from earlier Shawnese, Shawanese (construed as plural), reshaping (with -ese) of earlier Shawanoes (plural) < Munsee Delaware šá·wano·w (singular) < Shawnee ša·wano·ki Shawnees, literally, people of the south
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Examples from the Web for shawnee
The winner of the primary is likely to face Shawnee County district attorney Chad Taylor in November.D-Day for Milton Wolf, Obama’s Tea Party Cousin, in Kansas Senate Primary
August 5, 2014
The Shawnee hesitated, and Ahneota continued: “Has he declared war on the paleface?”Rodney, the Ranger
John V. Lane
Boone liked Chief Blackfish, but he did not really want to be a Shawnee.Daniel Boone
Katharine E. Wilkie
He was a finely formed young man, about nineteen years of age, from the Shawnee tribe residing near the Scioto River.
He's a life member of the Shawnee Club—a life member, mind you!
But it was long after midnight now and the Shawnee Club would be closed.
- plural -nees or -nee a member of a North American Indian people formerly living along the Tennessee River
- the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
C20: back formation from obsolete Shawnese, from Shawnee Shaawanwaaki people of the south, from shaawanawa south
Word Origin and History for shawnee
Algonquian people, probably originally from what is now southern Ohio, 1670s, from Munsee sawanow, from Shawnee /ša:wanwa/, the people's self-designation, literally "person of the south."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper