noun, plural Sho·sho·nis, (especially collectively) Sho·sho·ni.



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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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
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Word Origin and History for shoshoni


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

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