nounAustralian /NZ informal
noun (plural same or Utes)
1A member of an American Indian people living chiefly in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.
- At times the Navajos were allied with the Spanish against other Indians, principally the Utes.
- Among the Shoshones and Utes, twins were sometimes looked upon as a sign of impending bad luck.
- Cultural familiarity, if not in this case ties of kinship, connected these Utes and New Mexicans, enabling the latter to establish themselves peacefully in Ute territory.
2 [mass noun] The Uto-Aztecan language of the Ute, now with few speakers.
- Her native language, Ute, is closely related to Shoshoni.
- He spoke Ute at home, but as soon as they hit the school bus, and all day long, they spoke English.
- The diminutive suffix is often used in Ute and Paiute to indicate youth or affection.
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Relating to the Ute or their language.
- In the spring of 1784 a Ute headman named Ignacio caught wind of a party of New Mexicans heading north to build a settlement on land the Utes claimed as their own.
- More than a thousand Utes, especially older people, also speak their native Ute language.
- Many Ute children like to go hunting and fishing with their fathers.
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