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Arapaho Line breaks: Ara|paho
Pronunciation: /əˈrapəhəʊ/

Definition of Arapaho in English:

noun (plural same or Arapahos)

1A member of a North American Indian people living chiefly on the Great Plains, especially in Wyoming.
Example sentences
  • Beginning in 1856, Oglalas, Cheyennes, Arapahos, and a few people from other Lakota tribes waged an all-out war on the Crows.
  • As for the western Indians, such as the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapahos, American settlers went around them to settle the California and Oregon.
  • Living on the High Plains had barely become comfortable for the Cheyennes and Arapahos when that life was interrupted by the great rush of Colorado gold seekers.
2 [mass noun] The Algonquian language of the Arapaho, now almost extinct.
Example sentences
  • Arapaho is a tonal language.
  • The Arapaho language has changed rapidly over the centuries, and does not closely resemble other Algonquian languages in many ways.
  • No children are currently learning Arapaho as a first language spoken in the home.


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Relating to the Arapaho or their language.
Example sentences
  • In the Arapaho language, we referred to them as ‘those that fly.’
  • Custer's Crow scouts reported the encampment of more than two thousand Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors that extended for four miles along the Little Bighorn River.
  • On December 21, 1866, the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors attacked a wood cutting party outside the Fort.


From Crow alappahó, literally 'many tattoo marks'.

Words that rhyme with Arapaho

Idaho • Navajo

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