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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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Examples from the Web for navajos
Historical Examples
  • The navajos abide or migrate on the south, the north, and the west of the Moqui pueblas.

    Overland John William De Forest
  • After the navajos had gone to rest we listened to some Mormon songs by Jacob's party.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • The navajos used to fight with other tribes, and then they were stronger men than they are to-day.

    The Rainbow Trail Zane Grey
  • He was accompanied by friendly Pai Utes, who hated the navajos.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • The navajos thought that fire was first brought to earth through the efforts of the coyote, the bat, and the squirrel.

    Legends of The Kaw Carrie de Voe
  • Then I buy blankets of the navajos, which they make dirt cheap now.

    Justin Wingate, Ranchman John H. Whitson
  • The squirrel assisted him at the last, to carry it to the hearths of the navajos.

    Legends of The Kaw Carrie de Voe
  • The navajos were twenty thousand, but the soldiers conquered them.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • These accursed navajos haven't any scruple about stripping a dead horse.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • But these navajos have most foolish ideas about the next world.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
Word Origin and History for navajos

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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navajos in Culture
Navajos [(nav-uh-hohz, nah-vuh-hohz)]

A tribe of Native Americans, the most numerous in the United States. The Navajos have reservations in the Southwest.

Note: The Navajos were forced to move by United States troops under Kit Carson in 1864. They call the march, on which many died, the Long Walk.
Note: Today, they are known for their houses, called hogans, made of logs and earth; for their work as ranchers and shepherds; and for their skill in weaving distinctive blankets and fashioning turquoise and silver jewelry.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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