noun, plural Zu·nis, (especially collectively) Zu·ni for 1.
  1. a member of a group of North American Indians inhabiting the largest of the Indian pueblos, in western New Mexico.
  2. the language of the Zuni.
Also Zu·ñi [zoo-nee, zoon-yee] /ˈzu ni, ˈzun yi/.

Origin of Zuni

1830–35, Americanism; earlier Zuñi < American Spanish < Acoma Keresan sɨ̂·ni (pronounced sθɨ̂·nyi) or a cognate
Related formsZu·ni·an, Zu·ñi·an, adjective, noun
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Contemporary Examples of zuni

  • Other places not to miss include Tartine for breakfast, Zuni Café for lunch, A16 and Delfina for dinner.

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Historical Examples of zuni

British Dictionary definitions for zuni


  1. plural -ñis or -ñi a member of a North American Indian people of W New Mexico
  2. the language of this people, a member of the Penutian phylum of languages
Derived FormsZuian, adjective, noun
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