Chickasaw


Chick·a·saw

noun \ˈchi-kə-ˌs\
plural Chickasaw or Chickasaws

Definition of CHICKASAW

1
:  a member of an American Indian people of Mississippi and Alabama
2
:  the Muskogean language of the Chickasaw

Origin of CHICKASAW

Chickasaw čikašša
First Known Use: 1674

Chickasaw

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

North American Indian people living mainly in Oklahoma, U.S. Their language, Chickasaw, is a Muskogean language closely related to that of the Choctaw. Before colonization, the Chickasaw inhabited what are now Kentucky, Tennessee, northern Mississippi, and Alabama. At that time, they were a seminomadic people whose dwellings were distributed along rivers rather than clustered in villages. They traced descent through the maternal line and frequently intermarried with other tribes. The supreme deity was associated with the sky, sun, and fire. In the 1830s they were forcibly removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Chickasaw descendants numbered more than 38,000 in the early 21st century.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: Chickasaw plum
Previous Word in the Dictionary: chickaree
All Words Near: Chickasaw

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up Chickasaw? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More