Definition of Arapaho in English:


Line breaks: Ara|paho
Pronunciation: /əˈrapəhəʊ

noun (plural same or Arapahos)

  • 1A member of a North American Indian people living chiefly on the Great Plains, especially in Wyoming.
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    • Beginning in 1856, Oglalas, Cheyennes, Arapahos, and a few people from other Lakota tribes waged an all-out war on the Crows.
    • As for the western Indians, such as the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapahos, American settlers went around them to settle the California and Oregon.
    • Living on the High Plains had barely become comfortable for the Cheyennes and Arapahos when that life was interrupted by the great rush of Colorado gold seekers.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Algonquian language of the Arapaho, now almost extinct.
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    • Arapaho is a tonal language.
    • The Arapaho language has changed rapidly over the centuries, and does not closely resemble other Algonquian languages in many ways.
    • No children are currently learning Arapaho as a first language spoken in the home.


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  • Relating to the Arapaho or their language.
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    • In the Arapaho language, we referred to them as ‘those that fly.’
    • Custer's Crow scouts reported the encampment of more than two thousand Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors that extended for four miles along the Little Bighorn River.
    • On December 21, 1866, the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors attacked a wood cutting party outside the Fort.


from Crow alappahó, literally 'many tattoo marks'.

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