Ho·​pi ˈhō-(ˌ)pē How to pronounce Hopi (audio)
plural Hopi or Hopis : a member of an Indigenous people of northeastern Arizona
: the Uto-Aztecan language of the Hopi people

Examples of Hopi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Help could be on the way if Congress approves a historic agreement reached between the Navajo, Hopi and San Juan Southern Paiute Tribes and the state of Arizona that would settle all of their outstanding water rights claims to the Colorado River Basin. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2024 In this case, the Navajo, Hopi and San Juan Southern Paiute tribes are seeking more than $5 billion as part of their settlement. Susan Montoya Bryan, Fortune, 24 May 2024 Harvard said its president and the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Hopi Hoekstra, will meet with the protesters to discuss the conflict in the Middle East. Michael Casey, Fortune, 14 May 2024 For years, the United States had been trying to make the Hopi send their children to federal boarding schools—the children sometimes as young as four, the schools sometimes a thousand miles away. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2024 Imagine if people started believing that Hopi speakers had no sense of time, whereas Yagua speakers had the most sophisticated understanding of it, and English speakers were somewhere in the middle. Ross Perlin, Foreign Affairs, 23 Apr. 2024 Excavations have revealed artifacts from the Clovis, the Archaic culture, the Basketmaker culture and ancestral Puebloan, as well as more recent findings from extant Indigenous groups like the Navajo, Hopi, and Southern Paiute. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 19 Apr. 2024 About 40,000 acres sat within the Joint Use Area between Hopi and Navajo and the rest on Navajo reservation land. The Arizona Republic, 15 Apr. 2024 Here, tribal consultants have collaborated on displays of exquisite pottery, basketry, and dress by Hopi, Yavapai, and Zuni peoples, among others. Leslie Camhi, Travel + Leisure, 30 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Hopi hópi, literally, good, peaceful

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hopi was in 1877

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“Hopi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hopi. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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Ho·​pi ˈhō-pē How to pronounce Hopi (audio)
plural Hopi or Hopis
: a member of an Indigenous people of northeastern Arizona
also : the language of the Hopi people

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