Definition of Shuswap in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈSHo͞oˌswäp/

Entry from US English dictionary

noun (plural same or Shuswaps)

1A member of an American Indian people of southern British Columbia.
Example sentences
  • They stole up the mountain behind the Shuswap, attacked and forced the Shuswaps over the bluff, killing most.
  • It separates two great cultures of North American Indians: the Kootenays and Shuswaps to the west, and the Stoney and Blackfoot tribes to the east.
  • The Shuswaps are related to other Salish tribes, all of whom could organize themselves into a confederation of Indian nations.
2The Salishan language of the Shuswap.
Example sentences
  • There is however at least one language that does have words beginning with the letters < cq >, namely Secwepmectsín, known in English as Shuswap.


Relating to the Shuswap or their language.
Example sentences
  • Other causes to which he was attracted were those of the Lil'Wat Nation and the Shuswap activists involved in the armed standoff at Gustafsen Lake.
  • Because Manuel's Shuswap community suffers from 80 percent unemployment and public benefits average only $165 a month, it must depend on hunting, fishing and other forms of traditional land use for day-to-day survival.
  • In case you're wondering, < x > in Shuswap spelling represents the voiceless uvular fricative.


From the Shuswap self-designation sexwépemc.

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Syllabification: Shu·swap

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