Definition of Pawnee in English:

Pawnee

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Pronunciation: /pɔːˈniː
 
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noun (plural same or Pawnees)

  • 1A member of an American Indian confederacy formerly living in Nebraska, and now mainly in Oklahoma.
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    • Trained as a scientist, not a moralist, Grinnell logged the words, actions, practices, history, and religious beliefs of Blackfeet, Pawnees, and Cheyennes as accurately and faithfully as possible.
    • Since I was young, the Pawnees and the Comanches have been enemies.
    • Of the Kansas Indians, there were the Kaws and Pawnees and still others.
  • 2 [mass noun] The language of the Pawnee, belonging to the Caddoan family and now almost extinct.
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    • The Caddoan language family includes the Caddo, Wichita, Pawnee, and Arikara languages, which are found on the central Plains.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Pawnee or their language.
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    • His vivid portrayals of Huron, Apache and Pawnee warriors make history come alive.
    • Indeed, the military force protecting the railroad builders included a troop of Pawnee scouts, who were highly regarded.
    • He initially printed Pawnee stories in the pages of his own magazine and then collected them in book form.

Origin

from Canadian French Pani, from a North American Indian language.

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