plural Apache or Apaches ə-ˈpa-chēz How to pronounce Apache (audio)
: a member of a group of Indigenous peoples of the southwestern U.S.
: any of the Athabascan languages of the Apache people
not capitalized [French, from Apache Apache Indian]
: a member of a gang of criminals especially in Paris
Apachean adjective or noun

Examples of Apache in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The White Mountain Apache Police Department responded to a report of a pedestrian struck early Thursday morning, just over two miles south of the Hon-Dah Casino, the sheriff’s office says. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 29 Nov. 2023 The case was revived in 2008 after Apache Junction police investigator Stephanie Bourgeois took over, but DNA testing at that time was unsuccessful, the police department said. CBS News, 20 Nov. 2023 The tribe was joined in their plea by the San Carlos Apache Tribe and archaeologists. Susan Montoya Bryan, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2023 The play’s usually dropped subtitle, An Apache Dance, refers to a form of physically rough pas de deux from turn-of-the-century Paris, often associated with the power play between prostitute and pimp. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 14 Nov. 2023 The region was settled in the 1860s by Spanish settlers who warred with the area's original stewards, the Mescalero Apache, who still live nearby. Abe Streep, Scientific American, 10 Nov. 2023 From Bea Arthur driving a truck in the Marine Corps to Prince Harry flying as an Apache pilot in Afghanistan, many celebrities are proud veterans, and use their platform to bring attention to causes that benefit servicemembers and veterans to this day. Alexis Chestnov, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 It was sighted again in Murrells Inlet—approximately 25 miles South of Apache Pier—on October 30. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 8 Nov. 2023 The students represented many tribes across the country including the Apache, Northern Cheyenne, Navajo, Lakota, Colorado River and Mandan/Hidatsa. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


American Spanish, perhaps from Zuni ʔa·paču Navajo, Apachean

First Known Use

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Apache was in 1703

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“Apache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Apache. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural Apache or Apaches
: a member of a group of American Indian peoples of the American Southwest

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