Lu·​i·​se·​ño | \ ˌlüēˈsān(ˌ)yō \
plural Luiseño or Luiseños

Definition of Luiseño

1a : a Shoshonean people of southwestern California
b : a member of such people
2 : the language of the Luiseño people

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History and Etymology for Luiseño

American Spanish, from San Luis Rey de Francia, mission in California + Spanish -eño (suffix added to place names to form names of inhabitants)

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“Luiseño.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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