[ shoh-shoh-nee-uhn, shoh-shuh-nee-uhn ]

noun,plural Sho·sho·ne·ans, (especially collectively) Sho·sho·ne·an for 2.
  1. (in some, especially earlier, classifications) a grouping of four branches of the Uto-Aztecan language family including Numic, Hopi, and several languages of southern California.

  2. a member of a group speaking a Shoshonean language.

  1. of or relating to the Shoshonean-speaking peoples or their languages.

Origin of Shoshonean

First recorded in 1890–95; Shoshone + -an

Words Nearby Shoshonean Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Shoshonean in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Shoshonean



/ (ʃəʊˈʃəʊnɪən, ˌʃəʊʃəˈniːən) /

  1. a subfamily of North American Indian languages belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family, spoken mainly in the southwestern US

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