Navajo

noun

Na·​va·​jo ˈna-və-ˌhō How to pronounce Navajo (audio) ˈnä- How to pronounce Navajo (audio)
variants or less commonly Navaho
plural Navajo or Navajos also Navaho or Navahos
1
: a member of an American Indian people of northern New Mexico and Arizona
2
: the language of the Navajo people

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Word History

Etymology

Spanish (Apache de) Navajó, literally, Apache of Navajó, from Navajó, area occupied by Navajos, probably from Tewa (Pueblo Indian language of northern New Mexico) navahu·, literally, arroyo with planted fields

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Navajo was in 1780

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Cite this Entry

“Navajo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Navajo. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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Navajo

noun

Na·​va·​jo
variants also Navaho
ˈna-və-hō,
ˈnä-
plural Navajos also Navahos
1
: a member of a tribe of indigenous people of northern New Mexico and Arizona
2
: the language of the Navajo people

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