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Navaho

[nav-uh-hoh, nah-vuh-] /ˈnæv əˌhoʊ, ˈnɑ və-/
noun, plural Navahos, Navahoes (especially collectively) Navaho, adjective
1.

Navajo

or Navaho

[nav-uh-hoh, nah-vuh-] /ˈnæv əˌhoʊ, ˈnɑ və-/
noun, plural Navajos, Navajoes (especially collectively) Navajo for 1.
1.
a member of the principal tribe of the southern division of the Athabaskan stock of North American Indians, located in New Mexico and Arizona, and now constituting the largest tribal group in the U.S.
2.
the Athabaskan language of the Navajo.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Navajo, their language, or their culture:
a Navajo blanket.
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  • The Navaho portions of later pamphlets in this bi-lingual series are the joint work of Harrington and Young.

    Little Man's Family J. B. Enochs
  • The Navaho had drawn rein to tail in behind the pony of his leader.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • It formed the northern boundary of the Navaho territory; see ante, note 41.

  • The only other explanation was that the Navaho had been posted as guard at the cross cliff.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • The Navaho prays that his house may cover many of both hard and soft possessions.

    Navaho Houses, pages 469-518 Cosmos Mindeleff
  • The young Navaho sprang forward, jabbering to his fellow tribesman.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • They taught the Navaho to weave, and now purchase blankets from the latter.

  • She was speaking rapidly to the young Navaho in mingled Spanish and English.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • But with the removal of the duty on wool a new era opened for the Navaho.

    Navaho Houses, pages 469-518 Cosmos Mindeleff
  • Lennon had counted upon this dread and uncertainty of the young Navaho.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
British Dictionary definitions for Navaho

Navaho

/ˈnævəˌhəʊ; ˈnɑː-/
noun
1.
(pl) -ho, -hos, -hoes, -jo, -jos, -joes. a member of a North American Indian people of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Athapascan group of the Na-Dene phylum
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish Navajó pueblo, from Tena Navahu large planted field
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Word Origin and History for Navaho

Navajo

Athabaskan people and language, 1780, from Spanish Apaches de Nabaju (1629), from Tewa (Tanoan) Navahu, said to mean literally "large field" or "large planted field," containing nava "field" and hu "valley." Spanish Navajo was used 17c. in reference to the area now in northwestern New Mexico.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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