Definition of Chumash in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃuːmaʃ/

noun (plural same or Chumashes)

1A member of an American Indian people inhabiting coastal parts of southern California.
Example sentences
  • First known inhabitants of this sunshine state were Chumash people who tell of ancestors springing from seeds provided by Earth Goddess.
  • For their native inhabitants, the Chumash, the islands represent loss: Centuries of island life ended in the early 1800s when Mission priests relocated the Chumash to the mainland.
  • The local Indians, the Chumash, had a legend of something that translates roughly to ‘mouth of hell’ - a place where demons emerge from the netherworld and walk the earth.
2 [mass noun] The extinct Hokan language of the Chumash.
Example sentences
  • He can speak Chumash, Spanish and English, and in fact, English is his third language.
  • Their language was apparently largely related to the Chumash spoken by the Indians on the mainland of Santa Barbara country.


Relating to the Chumash or their language.
Example sentences
  • She said that the project helps people of all ages understand a basic lesson for all time: ‘One of the most precious things that the Chumash people lost is their land.’
  • Eight to nine-thousand year old stone tools recovered from California's Channel Islands resemble those used for boat-building much more recently by Chumash Indians.
  • Gambling proceeds pay for free medical care at a modern Chumash clinic and subsidize private schooling, tutors and college tuition.
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