Definition of Kiowa in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkīəwə/

noun (plural same or Kiowas)

1A member of an American Indian people of the southern plains of the US, now living mainly in Oklahoma.
Example sentences
  • On the southern plains, a war in 1868-69 forced Cheyennes, Kiowas, and Comanches to new reservations.
  • From there they would repair telegraph lines, escort traders and pioneers, and, if necessary, fight the Cheyenne and their allies the Comanches and Kiowas.
  • My people the Kiowas, like all Indian people, are a very spiritual people.
2The language of the Kiowa, related to the Tanoan group.
Example sentences
  • I do not speak Kiowa, and I never understood her prayers, but there was something inherently sad in the sound, some merest hesitation upon the syllables of sorrow.
  • She readily learned to speak Kiowa and soon forgot her native tongue.
3 (in full Kiowa Apache) An Athabaskan (Apache) language of western Oklahoma and neighboring areas.


Relating to the Kiowa or their languages.
Example sentences
  • Unlike many of his young Indian peers, Rogers' Kiowa grandparents believed in serving more traditional foods, including berries, deer, and fish.
  • A half-dozen Blackhawks and twice as many heavily armed Kiowa scouts indicated right away we would have a long wait for lunch.
  • Some motifs traditionally are associated with a single tribe, such as the leaf, which was used as a central motif by Kiowa women.


From American Spanish Caygua, perhaps from Caddoan kā́hīwa’ 'Kiowa'.

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Syllabification: Ki·o·wa

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