Shawnee

Shawnee

[shaw-nee]
noun, plural Shawnees (especially collectively) Shawnee.
1.
a member of an Algonquian-speaking tribe formerly in the east-central U.S., now in Oklahoma.
2.
the Algonquian language of the Shawnee tribe.
3.
a town in E Kansas.
4.
a city in central Oklahoma.

Origin:
1720–30, Americanism; back formation from earlier Shawnese, Shawanese (construed as plural), reshaping (with -ese) of earlier Shawanoes (plural) < Munsee Delaware šá·wano·w (singular) < Shawnee ša·wano·ki Shawnees, literally, people of the south

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Shawnee (ʃɔːˈniː)
 
n , -nees, -nee
1.  a member of a North American Indian people formerly living along the Tennessee River
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
 
[C20: back formation from obsolete Shawnese, from Shawnee Shaawanwaaki people of the south, from shaawanawa south]

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Shawnee
Algonquian people, probably originally from what is now southern Ohio, 1674, from Munsee sawanow, from Shawnee /a:wanwa/, the people's self-designation, lit. "person of the south."
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