Cher·​o·​kee ˈcher-ə-(ˌ)kē How to pronounce Cherokee (audio)
plural Cherokee or Cherokees : a member of a nation of once-nomadic Indigenous peoples located originally in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina
: the Iroquoian language of the Cherokee people

Examples of Cherokee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Wednesday, a few days before the operation, about a dozen tents and other structures were visible outside the studio on Sunset and Cherokee Avenue. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2024 The lake also sits near Forsyth County, which was part of the Cherokee Nation before the U.S. government forcibly displaced indigenous people out of their homes, and on a journey known as the Trail of Tears, according to the Oxford American. Time Staff, TIME, 31 May 2024 According to Fox 32, police believe the shots were fired from a Jeep Cherokee. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 28 May 2024 Incantation Brewing — which changed its name from Jade Mountain Brewery and Teahouse in February — is taking a space at 415 S. Cherokee St. that was formerly occupied by Field & Forest pub, an offshoot of Grist Brewing, which closed all of its locations at the end of 2023. Jonathan Shikes, The Denver Post, 22 May 2024 The dispensary is in the tribe’s massive former bingo hall at U.S. 19 and Bingo Loop Road, near Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, 46 miles west of Asheville in the Great Smoky Mountains. Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer, 20 May 2024 The Cherokee Trail junior cemented that status with the third of his three sprint wins in the Class 5A meet on Saturday, winning the 200-meter dash in 21.13 seconds. Braidon Nourse, The Denver Post, 18 May 2024 The new medical school is part of a long-term plan to improve health care in the Cherokee Nation by investing in health facilities and personnel. Usha Lee McFarling, STAT, 16 May 2024 Indigenous tribes like the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Creek lived along the Tennessee River and throughout the basin for many years until colonial settlers disrupted their communities. Hilary Tetenbaum, USA TODAY, 13 May 2024

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Word History


probably ultimately from Creek calá·kki

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cherokee was in 1721

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“Cherokee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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Cher·​o·​kee ˈcher-ə-ˌkē How to pronounce Cherokee (audio)
: a member of an Indigenous people originally from Tennessee and North Carolina
also : their language

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