Definition of Navajo in English:

Navajo

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Pronunciation: /ˈnavəhəʊ
 
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(also Navaho)

noun (plural same or Navajos)

  • 1A member of an American Indian people of New Mexico and Arizona.
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    • 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.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Athabaskan language of the Navajo, with about 130,000 speakers.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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