- 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
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Examples from the Web for shoshone
“So if Cliven Bundy wishes to pay taxes or grazing fees—he should pay it to the Shoshone,” she writes.How Cliven Bundy and the Land Rights Movement Screws Native Americans
May 14, 2014
When I sell a ticket to Shoshone, I'm the ticket agent, and nothing else.
If Peaceful had gone to Shoshone, he was gone, and that settled it.
I wired the news to the papers in Shoshone, so he must know.
The Comanches even now have a Shoshone heart, a Shoshone tongue.Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet
At length the Shoshone renegade who had so loved Cecil, spoke.The Bridge of the Gods
Frederic Homer Balch
- 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
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