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Choctaw

Line breaks: Choc|taw
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɒktɔː
 
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Definition of Choctaw in English:

noun (plural same or Choctaws)

1A member of an American Indian people now living mainly in Mississippi.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 [mass noun] The Muskogean language of the Choctaw, closely related to Chickasaw and now almost extinct.
Example sentences
  • 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(In skating) a step from one edge of a skate to the other edge of the other skate in the opposite direction.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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