Definition of Paiute in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪuːt

noun (plural same or Paiutes)

  • 1A member of either of two culturally similar but geographically separate and linguistically distinct American Indian peoples (the Southern Paiute and the Northern Paiute) of the western US.
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    • The Winnemucca family consistently urged Paiutes toward accommodation of non-Indians and selective acculturation.
    • In 1878, the Bannocks and Paiutes of Idaho and eastern Oregon were defeated.
    • He wanted to make sure that the officer knew that, to the Paiutes, the skulls were more than merely missing evidence.
  • 2 [mass noun] Either of the Uto-Aztecan languages of the Paiute, now with few speakers.
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    • When she moved away, she missed her family, missed the open space, missed hearing Paiute - ‘our language,’ she says.
    • Someone spoke in Paiute, and kept pushing on his side.
    • The Bannock people speak a dialect of Northern Paiute.


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  • Relating to the Paiute or their languages.
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    • And who knows how many words of Pueblo, Ute, Hopi, or Paiute origin have become part of the Navajo language?
    • Many other Paiute groups have actively taken steps to preserve their language.
    • Adam recognized the word as the Paiute term for medicine man, or healer.


from Spanish Payuchi, Payuta, influenced by Ute.

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