Definition of Chumash in English:

Chumash

Line breaks: Chu|mash
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃuːmaʃ
 
/

noun (plural same or Chumashes)

1A member of an American Indian people inhabiting coastal parts of southern California.
More example sentences
  • First known inhabitants of this sunshine state were Chumash people who tell of ancestors springing from seeds provided by Earth Goddess.
  • For their native inhabitants, the Chumash, the islands represent loss: Centuries of island life ended in the early 1800s when Mission priests relocated the Chumash to the mainland.
  • The local Indians, the Chumash, had a legend of something that translates roughly to ‘mouth of hell’ - a place where demons emerge from the netherworld and walk the earth.
2 [mass noun] The extinct Hokan language of the Chumash.
More example sentences
  • He can speak Chumash, Spanish and English, and in fact, English is his third language.
  • Their language was apparently largely related to the Chumash spoken by the Indians on the mainland of Santa Barbara country.

adjective

Back to top  
Relating to the Chumash or their language.
More example sentences
  • She said that the project helps people of all ages understand a basic lesson for all time: ‘One of the most precious things that the Chumash people lost is their land.’
  • Eight to nine-thousand year old stone tools recovered from California's Channel Islands resemble those used for boat-building much more recently by Chumash Indians.
  • Gambling proceeds pay for free medical care at a modern Chumash clinic and subsidize private schooling, tutors and college tuition.

Definition of Chumash in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day anomalous
Pronunciation: əˈnɒm(ə)ləs
adjective
deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected