\ ə-ˈpa-chē How to pronounce Apache (audio) , in sense 3 ə-ˈpash How to pronounce Apache (audio) \
plural Apache or Apaches\ -​ˈpa-​chēz How to pronounce Apaches (audio) ; -​ˈpash , -​ˈpa-​shəz \

Definition of Apache

1 : a member of a group of American Indian peoples of the southwestern U.S.
2 : any of the Athabascan languages of the Apache people

3 not capitalized [ French, from Apache Apache Indian ]

a : a member of a gang of criminals especially in Paris
b : ruffian

Other Words from Apache

Apachean \ ə-​ˈpa-​chē-​ən How to pronounce Apachean (audio) \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of Apache

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Apache

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

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English Language Learners Definition of Apache

: a member of a Native American people of the southwestern U.S.


\ ə-ˈpa-chē How to pronounce Apache (audio) \

Kids Definition of Apache

1 : a a member of an American Indian people of the southwestern United States or their language
2 : any of the languages of the Apache people

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