Definition of Chiricahua in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌCHirəˈkäwə/

Entry from US English dictionary


1A member of an Apache people, formerly located in southern New Mexico, southeastern Arizona, and northern Mexico, now living primarily in Oklahoma and New Mexico.
Example sentences
  • Daklugie suffered all the ignominies heaped upon the Chiricahuas after they were exiled to Florida.
  • Among the Chiricahuas and the Western Apaches local groups comprised loose confederations called bands.
  • For further information regarding the dealings of the Chiricahua with the Government, see Apache.
2The Athabaskan language of the Chiricahua.
Example sentences
  • Many of the stories appearing in this volume were recorded and transcribed in the Chiricahua language by Harry Hoijer, a noted linguist who studied southern Athapaskan languages.
  • When I was in sheep camp, I listened closely and it seemed to me that it was talking the Chiricahua language.
  • Only 300 people are still fluent in the Chiricahua language.


Relating to the Chiricahua or their language.
Example sentences
  • Also they are reaching out to the non-Indian community to educate them about Chiricahua philosophy.
  • In his context, modern Chiricahua settlement patterns now indicate a reassertion of traditional Chiricahua spatial patterns.

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Syllabification: Chir·i·ca·hua

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