or Ten·nes·see·an

[ten-uh-see-uh n]
  1. a native or inhabitant of the state of Tennessee.

Origin of Tennessean

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; Tennessee + -an
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Examples from the Web for tennessean

Contemporary Examples of tennessean

Historical Examples of tennessean

  • The ranger unlocked his prisoner's handcuffs and tossed them up to the Tennessean.

    A Texas Ranger

    William MacLeod Raine

  • The other was a lanky, bearded Tennessean some forty years old.

    A Man for the Ages

    Irving Bacheller

  • The situation did not look very hopeful, even to a man of such desperate fortunes as the bold Tennessean.

  • The Tennessean looked to his guns to make sure they hung loose in the scabbards, then stepped briskly back toward the plaza.

    A Texas Ranger

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Holingsworth was not a Texan, but a Tennessean, though Texas had been for some years his adopted home.

    The War Trail

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for tennessean


  1. a native or inhabitant of Tennessee
  1. of or relating to Tennessee or its inhabitants
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