Choctaw

noun

Choc·​taw ˈchäk-(ˌ)tȯ How to pronounce Choctaw (audio)
1
plural Choctaw or Choctaws : a member of a nation of Indigenous peoples originally of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana
2
: the language of the Choctaw people

Examples of Choctaw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The studio worked closely with the Choctaw Nation in creating the series and episodes are directed by Sydney Freeland, who’s Navajo, and Catriona McKenzie, who’s Gunaikurnai, an Indigenous people of Australia. Frank Vaisvilas, Journal Sentinel, 9 Jan. 2024 As Fisk’s criminal empire closes in, episodes open with mysticism-heavy flashbacks to the first Choctaw people and to some mystical source of ambiguous power that Maya is tentatively beginning to tap into. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Jan. 2024 Along with the complicated relationship between the Kingpin and Echo, the show will also explore Maya’s relationship with her Indigenous roots, tracing back to the dawn of the Choctaw tribe. David Betancourt, Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2024 In 1902, the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations sold their land — including 33 springs — to the federal government, to be preserved for the free recreational use of all people when hydrotherapy was all the rage. Matt Kirouac, Travel + Leisure, 31 Dec. 2023 Andrew Testa for The New York Times Choctaw, Okla., May 29. Marc Lacey, New York Times, 18 Dec. 2023 This year, Dorothy Lippert, an archaeologist and member of the Choctaw Nation, became the first Native American and first woman to hold the role of program manager of the repatriation office. Claire Healy, Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2023 Some assistance has come from the Choctaw Nation, the country’s third-largest Native American tribe. Julie Satow, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 The director also insisted on meeting with the Choctaw Nation to get their input and develop a partnership. Laura Clark, Variety, 3 Nov. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Choctaw čahta

First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Choctaw was in 1722

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“Choctaw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Choctaw. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

Choctaw

noun
Choc·​taw ˈchäk-ˌtȯ How to pronounce Choctaw (audio)
plural Choctaw or Choctaws
: a member of an American Indian people of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana

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