noun, plural Te·tons, (especially collectively) Te·ton for 2.

the westernmost branch of the Dakota Indians.
a member of any of the tribes belonging to this branch, as the Brulé, Hunkpapa, Miniconjou, and Oglala.
a dialect of the Dakota language.

Also called La·ko·ta, La·kho·ta [luh-koh-tuh] /ləˈkoʊ tə/.


[tee-ton, teet-n]


a river in NW central Montana, flowing E to the Marias River. 143 miles (230 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for teton

Contemporary Examples of teton

Historical Examples of teton

  • There is nothing extraordinary about climbing the Teton Pass—to tell about.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • And they in turn had killed Black Buffalo, the Teton chief that led the onslaught.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye

  • Our first camp after leaving the fort was on the Teton River.

    With the Indians in the Rockies

    James Willard Schultz

  • Michael Thebault was killed by Piegans on the Teton in 1868.

    Then and Now

    Robert Vaughn

  • From Henry Lake are distinctly visible the famous Teton peaks.

    Then and Now

    Robert Vaughn

Word Origin and History for teton


member of a western Sioux people, 1806, from Dakota titonwan, literally "dwellers on the prairie," from thi + huwa. Not related to the Grand Teton mountain range.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper