Definition of Iroquois in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈirəˌkwoi/

noun (plural same)

1A member of a former confederacy of North American Indian peoples originally comprising the Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, and Seneca peoples (known as the Five Nations), and later including also the Tuscarora (thus forming the Six Nations).
Example sentences
  • I saw some guys making to do the running around behind walls and the likes but I am not to be positive that they are Iroquois or Americans.
  • Didn't the Cherokees and Iroquois play important roles in the American Revolution?
  • When I learned that my great-grandmother was an Onondaga Indian, I studied everything I could about the Iroquois.
2Any of the Iroquoian languages.


Relating to the Iroquois or their languages.
Example sentences
  • Historically, the Iroquois language was oral.
  • The council was coordinated with the Iroquois council at Six Nations Reserve in Canada.
  • Aside from here, the Lakota and Iroquois nations are represented as Native American countries.


Mid 17th century: French, perhaps a term from a Basque-Algonquian pidgin h)irokoa 'killer people', from Basque ((h)ilo 'kill'+ koa 'person'.

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Syllabification: Ir·o·quois

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