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 : a member of an Indigenous people of northern New Mexico and Arizona and southern Utah
: the language of the Navajo people

Examples of Navajo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More subtle, perhaps, but no less powerful, was the influence of the nearby Diné/Navajo Nation, whose seasons and ceremonies have been organized around the constellations for millennia. Leslie Camhi, Travel + Leisure, 30 Mar. 2024 Tribal official questions Democrats' commitment to Navajo people After making it through the state Senate on March 12 on a final vote of 27-3, the bill on March 21 failed to clear the House Health and Human Services Committee. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2024 In 2018, the doctor advised Bronston, who lives in the Navajo Nation, to take Ozempic to lower his blood sugar. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2024 More about it:Here's how to figure out the time difference between Arizona and the Navajo Nation What time is PST right now? Dina Kaur, The Arizona Republic, 18 Mar. 2024 Another standout was a dinner arranged in partnership with Navajo Nation that saw travelers break bread with the last living Navajo Code Talker from World War II. The Editors, Robb Report, 13 Mar. 2024 The Navajo Nation which is the northeast corner of the state does continue to participate in daylight saving. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, 9 Mar. 2024 The Navajo Nation is the lone exception in Arizona. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Mar. 2024 Arizona has not observed daylight saving time since 1968, though the Navajo Nation, which has some land in Arizona, does recognize the time change. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 9 Mar. 2024

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Word History


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

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Navajo was in 1808

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“Navajo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also Navaho
plural Navajo or Navajos also Navaho or Navahos
: a member of an American Indian people of northern New Mexico and Arizona

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