or Tu·pí

[ too-pee, too-pee ]

noun,plural Tu·pis, (especially collectively) Tu·pi for 1.
  1. a member of any of several related Indian peoples living in the valleys of various Brazilian rivers, especially the Amazon.

  2. the language that was spoken in northern Brazil by the Tupi Indians, now extinct but formerly used as a lingua franca in Brazil during the 16th to 19th centuries.

Origin of Tupi

First recorded in 1845–50

Other words from Tupi

  • Tu·pi·an, adjective

Words Nearby Tupi

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British Dictionary definitions for Tupi


/ (tuːˈpiː) /

  1. plural -pis or -pi a member of a South American Indian people of Brazil and Paraguay

  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Tupi-Guarani family

Derived forms of Tupi

  • Tupian, adjective

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