Ji·​ca·​ri·​lla ˌhē-kə-ˈrē-yə How to pronounce Jicarilla (audio)
plural Jicarilla or Jicarillas
: a member of an Apache people originally of southeastern Colorado, northern New Mexico, and adjacent areas and now living chiefly in northern New Mexico
: the language of the Jicarilla people

Examples of Jicarilla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Montoya grew up in Dulce, New Mexico, a small town near the headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache Nation. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2024 The project will move water from the San Juan River to the eastern section of the Navajo Nation, the southwestern portion of the Jicarilla Apache Nation, and the city of Gallup, stopping at the Arizona state line. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2023 But missing from the list are the Jicarilla Apache tribe and three outlying Navajo communities: To’hajiilee, Ramah and Alamo. Bryant Furlow, ProPublica, 13 June 2020

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Word History


American Spanish apaches de la xicarilla, literally, gourd-cup Apaches, from Cerro de la Xicarilla, literally, gourd-cup peak, unidentified mountain in Jicarilla territory

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Jicarilla was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Jicarilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jicarilla. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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