Definition of Yaqui in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjaki/

noun (plural same or Yaquis)

1A member of an American Indian people of NW Mexico and Arizona.
Example sentences
  • Raised by my grandmother, I received the benefit of learning her spiritual path, which she had learned from her own Bruja mother, and this spirituality traced back through the Yaquis to the Aztecs and Olmecs of northern and central Mexico.
  • The Yaquis were also members of the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce and the Calumet Region League.
  • In as far as his tribal allegiances, I think he, don Juan, is very much, I think his emotional ties are with the Yaquis of Sonora since his father was a Yaqui from one of the towns in Sonora, one of the Yaqui towns.
2 [mass noun] The Uto-Aztecan language of the Yaqui.
Example sentences
  • It is important to bear in mind that Yaqui, although it has been written for almost 500 years, is a language of an oral culture.
  • This comprehensive reference on the Sonoran Yaqui language is a descriptive grammar that covers topics on phonology, word classes, verb structure, etc.
  • The language of the Yaqui tribe also is fading despite the efforts of local educators.


Relating to the Yaqui or their language.
Example sentences
  • A village priest is too cowardly to protect the women and children from the Yaqui raids.
  • My grandma told me she was a Yaqui Indian, her Grandma was a full-blood.
  • By 1896, they were tracking Yaqui Indian raiders and protecting frontier settlements.


Spanish, from earlier Hiaquis, from Yaqui Hiaki.

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