seminoles

Seminole

[sem-uh-nohl]
noun, plural Seminoles (especially collectively) Seminole.
1.
a member of any of several groupings of North American Indians comprising emigrants from the Creek Confederacy territories to Florida or their descendants in Florida and Oklahoma, especially the culturally conservative present-day Florida Indians.
2.
either of the Muskogean languages spoken by the Seminoles, comprising Mikasuki and the Florida or Seminole dialect of Creek.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to the Seminoles or their languages.

Origin:
earlier Seminolie < Creek simanó·li wild, runaway, alteration of earlier and dial. simaló·ni < American Spanish cimarrón; see maroon2

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Seminole (ˈsɛmɪˌnəʊl)
 
n , -noles, -nole
1.  a member of a North American Indian people consisting of Creeks who moved into Florida in the 18th century
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Muskhogean family
 
[from Creek simanó-li fugitive, from American Spanish cimarrón runaway]

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Seminole
1763, from Creek (Muskogean) simano:li, earlier simalo:ni "wild, untamed, runaway," from Amer.Sp. cimarron (see maroon (v.)).
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Seminoles [(sem-uh-nohlz)]

A tribe of Native Americans who inhabited Florida in the early nineteenth century. After fighting a war against the United States to keep their land, they were forcibly removed to reservations west of the Mississippi River in the 1840s.

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