Arik·​a·​ra ə-ˈri-kə-rə How to pronounce Arikara (audio)
plural Arikara : a member of an Indigenous people of the Missouri River valley in North Dakota

Note: The Arikara are federally recognized as part of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation in North Dakota.

: the language of the Arikara

Examples of Arikara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, also known as the Three Affiliated Tribes, manage this population through their fish and wildlife division. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 8 June 2023

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Word History


probably from a Pawnee name for an Arikara band

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Arikara was in 1811

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“Arikara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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