Definition of Shoshonean in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʃəˈʃəʊnɪən/


Relating to or denoting a branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family that includes Comanche and Shoshone.
Example sentences
  • The Northern Paiutes speak a Shoshonean language, while that spoken by the Owens Valley Paiutes is related to the language of the Mono peoples of California.
  • The westernmost of the Pueblo Indian tribes, the independent Hopi Nation is the only Pueblo tribe that speaks a Shoshonean language of the Uto-Aztecan linguistic family.


[mass noun]
The Shoshonean languages.
Example sentences
  • Other Indian groups of the U.S. who speak Shoshonean are the Paiutes, Goshutes, Shoshones, Bannocks, Comanches, Chemehuevi and some tribes in California.

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