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Navajo

Syllabification: Nav·a·jo
Pronunciation: /ˈnavəˌhō, ˈnä-
 
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(also Navaho)

Definition of Navajo in English:

noun (plural same or Navajos)

1A member of an American Indian people of New Mexico and Arizona.
Example sentences
  • It appeared that Navajos and other American Indians made up over ninety percent of those attending.
  • Pueblo auxiliaries were often required to fight with Spanish troops against either Apaches, Navajos, Utes, or Comanches, depending upon Spanish Indian policies and alliances at any given time.
  • As an Indian agent in New Mexico in the 1850s, Carson had to balance competing desires and needs of Anglos, Apaches, Hispanos, Navajos, Pueblos, and Utes.
2The Athabaskan language of the Navajo.
Example sentences
  • Navajo citizens are choosing to speak English rather than Navajo.
  • He actually wrote a highschool-level textbook of Navajo linguistics aimed at helping speakers of Navajo to discover the structure of their language.
  • In politics, however, Navajo remains the language of power.

adjective

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Relating to the Navajo or their language.
Example sentences
  • All of the Navajo immersion students improved in their Navajo language skills.
  • Hogans are only part of his dream to preserve Navajo culture through language and traditions, but they offer tangible evidence of what a Navajo-inspired and operated enterprise can do.
  • All of these factors are contributing to the shift from Navajo to English language use in Navajo communities.

Origin

from Spanish (Apaches de) Navajó '(Apaches from) Navajo', from Tewa navahu: 'fields adjoining an arroyo'.

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