[uh-pahsh, uh-pash; French a-pash]
noun, plural apaches [uh-pah-shiz, uh-pash-iz; French a-pash] .
a Parisian gangster, rowdy, or ruffian.

1735–45, Americanism; < French: Apache

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[uh-pach-ee] .
noun, plural Apaches (especially collectively) Apache.
a member of an Athabaskan people of the southwestern U.S.
any of the several Athabaskan languages of Arizona and the Rio Grande basin.
Military. a two-man U.S. Army helicopter designed to attack enemy armor with rockets or a 30mm gun and equipped for use in bad weather and in darkness.

1915–20; < Mexican Spanish, perhaps < Zuni ʔa·paču Navajos, presumably applied formerly to the Apacheans (Navajos and Apaches) generally

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apache (əˈpɑːʃ, -ˈpæʃ, French apaʃ)
a Parisian gangster or ruffian
[from French: Apache]

Apache (əˈpætʃɪ)
n , Apaches, Apache
1.  a member of a North American Indian people, formerly nomadic and warlike, inhabiting the southwestern US and N Mexico
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Athapascan group of the Na-Dene phylum
[from Mexican Spanish, probably from Zuñi Apachu, literally: enemy]

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1745, from Amer.Sp. (1598), probably from Yavapai (a Yuman language) 'epache "people." Sometimes derived from Zuni apachu "enemy" (cf. F.W. Hodge, "American Indians," 1907), but this seems to have been the Zuni name for the Navajo. Fr. journalistic sense of "Parisian gangster or thug" first attested
1902. Apache dance was the WWI-era equivalent of 1990s' brutal "slam dancing." Fenimore Cooper's Indian novels were enormously popular in Europe throughout the 19c., and comparisons of Cooper's fictional Indian ways in the wilderness and underworld life in European cities go back ro Dumas' "Les Mohicans de Paris" (1854-1859). It is probably due to the imitations of Cooper (amounting almost to plagiarisms) by Ger. author Karl May (1842-1912), that Apaches replaced Mohicans in popular imagination.
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Apaches [(uh-pach-eez)]

A tribe of Native Americans who live in the southwestern United States. Geronimo was an Apache.

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