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

Definition of Navajo

1 : a member of an American Indian people of northern New Mexico and Arizona
2 : the language of the Navajo people

First Known Use of Navajo

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Navajo

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

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“Navajo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Navajo. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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Navajo

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Navajo

: a member of a Native American people originally from New Mexico and Arizona
: the language of the Navajo people

Navajo

noun
Na·​va·​jo
variants: also Navaho \ ˈna-​və-​hō , ˈnä-​ \
plural Navajos also Navahos

Kids Definition of Navajo

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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