Definition of Tanoan in English:


Line breaks: Ta¦noan
Pronunciation: /təˈnəʊən


[mass noun]
  • A small language family comprising a number of Pueblo Indian languages.
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    • This is amply evidenced by both North American languages (such as Sierra Miwok and Tanoan) and Papuan New Guinean languages (such as Kewa and Yimas).
    • The other Texas tribe that probably spoke Tiwa or a form of Tanoan are the Jumano.
    • The Zuñi language may be connected with Tanoan, falling within the Aztec-Tanoan linguistic stock.


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  • Relating to the Tanoan language family.
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    • All other Pueblo languages are classified within the Aztec-Tanoan Phylum: within the Kiowa-Tanoan family are three Tanoan languages, Tiwa, Tewa, and Towa; the Hopi language is an isolate within the Uto-Aztecan family; and Keresan is an unclassified language isolate not yet assigned to any family within the phylum.
    • He was of the belief that the Tanoan family is a remote branch of the Shoshonean, but thus far the relationship has not been definitively shown.
    • Their name for themselves is ‘Tuei’ and they speak southern Tiwa, a Tanoan language.


from Spanish Tano + -an.

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