noun, plural Sho·sho·nes, (especially collectively) Sho·sho·ne for 2.

a river in NW Wyoming, flowing NE into the Big Horn River. 120 miles (193 km) long.
a member of any of several Numic-speaking peoples of California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
the language or languages of the Shoshone.

Also Sho·sho·ni (for defs 2, 3).

Origin of Shoshone

An Americanism dating back to 1805; < an Eastern Shoshone band name Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of shoshone

Historical Examples of shoshone

  • When I sell a ticket to Shoshone, I'm the ticket agent, and nothing else.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • If Peaceful had gone to Shoshone, he was gone, and that settled it.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • I wired the news to the papers in Shoshone, so he must know.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • The Comanches even now have a Shoshone heart, a Shoshone tongue.

  • At length the Shoshone renegade who had so loved Cecil, spoke.

    The Bridge of the Gods

    Frederic Homer Balch

British Dictionary definitions for shoshone




plural -nes, -ne, -nis or -ni a member of a North American Indian people of the southwestern US, related to the Aztecs
the language of this people, belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for shoshone


Uto-Aztecan people of the Great Basin; the name is of unknown origin, first applied 19c. to eastern Shoshonis of Wyoming. Related: Shoshonean.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper