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[kuh-man-chee, koh-] /kəˈmæn tʃi, koʊ-/
noun, plural Comanches (especially collectively) Comanche for 1.
a member of a Shoshonean tribe, the only tribe of the group living entirely on the Plains, formerly ranging from Wyoming to Texas, now in Oklahoma.
the dialect of Shoshone spoken by the Comanche.
Origin of Comanche
1800-10, Americanism; < American Spanish < Southern Paiute kɨmmanci-, as in kɨmmanciŋw strangers, Shoshones; or < a related word in another Numic language Unabridged
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  • Mong knew that the Meander stage would leave for Comanche at eight in the morning, or two hours before the drawing began.

    Claim Number One George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • I then asked him to explain to the Comanche the magnetic telegraph.

    The Prairie Traveler Randolph Marcy
  • Finally we caught sight of Fogarty galloping around the saloon tables and yelling like a Comanche Indian.

    A Ball Player's Career Adrian C. Anson
  • All these things have our Comanche brothers told us, and much more of you.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • We have presents for the Comanche Medicine Man that only his eyes may see.

    Bring Me His Ears Clarence E. Mulford
  • She used to ride wild horses, and fling the lazo like a Comanche.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • The Comanche continued work at the mines and built the long-talked-of narrow gauge.

    The Pinos Altos Story Dorothy Watson
  • I knew that she herself understood something of the Comanche language.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for Comanche


(pl) -ches, -che. a member of a Native American people, formerly ranging from the River Platte to the Mexican border, now living in Oklahoma
the language of this people, belonging to the Shoshonean subfamily of the Uto-Aztecan family
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Comanche

1819, from Spanish, from a Shoshonean language, e.g. Ute kimánci "enemy, foreigner." Comanchero was a 19c. name given to Hispanic and American traders who dealt with the Comanches.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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