[ zoo-nee ]

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.

Origin of Zuni

An Americanism first recorded in 1830–35; earlier Zuñi, from Spanish (southwestern United States), from Acoma Keresan sɨ̂·ni (pronounced sθɨ̂·nyi) or a cognate
  • Also Zu·ñi [zoo-nee, zoon-yee]. /ˈzu ni, ˈzun yi/.

Other words from Zuni

  • Zu·ni·an, Zu·ñi·an, adjective, noun

Words Nearby Zuni

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How to use Zuni in a sentence

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

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  • Judy Rogers tells a story and shows you how to cook it in The Zuni Café Cookbook.

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  • Particularly typical are the cults of the Zuni and Hopi, described in detail by various American scholars.

  • Back of the clouds, therefore, according to the ideas of the Zuni and other Pueblo tribes, dwell the ancestors.

  • Mention has already been made of the cloud masks used in the vegetation festivals of the Hopi and Zuni.

British Dictionary definitions for Zuñi


/ (ˈzuːnjiː, ˈsuː-) /

  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 forms of Zuñi

  • Zuian, adjective, noun

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