Definition of Choctaw in English:

Choctaw

Syllabification: Choc·taw
Pronunciation: /ˈCHäkˌtô
 
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noun (plural same or Choctaws)

  • 1A member of an indigenous people now living mainly in Mississippi.
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    • The local barbecue magnate, a 51-year-old member of the Choctaw and Chippewa tribes, is also a longtime Robbins admirer.
    • The book's second part provides accounts of the customs and histories of the Catawbas, Cherokees, Creeks, Choctaws, and Chickasaws.
    • That new direction will include outreach to another historically underserved minority - Mississippi's Choctaws - as well as building bridges with the state's growing Latino population.
  • 2The Muskogean language of the Choctaw, closely related to Chickasaw.
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    • Nor is Johns dismayed by the fact that the Lakota and Choctaw are small language groups.
    • The Chickasaw language is still so similar to Choctaw, for instance, that linguists surmise that the separation of the two could not have occurred very long ago.
    • There are over 9,000 Choctaw speakers, including 80 who speak only Choctaw, out of a population of 25,000.
  • 3 Figure Skating A step from one edge of a skate to the other edge of the other skate in the opposite direction.
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    • However, in the choctaw variant, a change of feet occurs at the cusp of the turn.
    • The mohawk and choctaw involve a step from one foot to the other during the execution of the turn.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Choctaw or their language.
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    • The Choctaw language used in World War 1 was the only ‘code’ never broken by the German army.
    • A pidgin version of the Choctaw language was used along many of the trading paths as the universal medium of trade communication among a wide assortment of diverse peoples.
    • Its principal spectator sport, raquette, resembled Choctaw lacrosse, with a short stick in each hand.

Origin

from Choctaw čahta.

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