- Informal. a utility vehicle.
Origin of ute
First recorded in 1940–45
- a member of an American Indian people of Utah and W Colorado.
- a dialect or group of dialects of the Uto-Aztecan language shared by the Utes and Southern Paiutes.
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Examples from the Web for ute
Matt said his mother was a Ute—full-blooded en tribe-raised.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
The Ute had discovered the flight of their captive and were in hot pursuit.The Mountain Chant, A Navajo Ceremony
There was danger in their path; a Ute war-band was abroad, but the fools knew it not.The Candidate
Joseph Alexander Altsheler
On the whole, I must say, we were not favorably impressed with Ute life, as a rule.Across America
James F. Rusling
They must have been attacked by wild animals or kidnapped by that Ute Indian.Meg of Mystery Mountain
Grace May North
- Australian and NZ informal short for utility (def. 6)
- plural Utes or Ute a member of a North American Indian people of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico, related to the Aztecs
- the language of this people, belonging to the Shoshonean subfamily of the Uto-Aztecan family
Word Origin and History for ute
1846, shortened from Utah.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper