O'o·​dham ˈō-ə-ˌdäm How to pronounce O'odham (audio)
plural O'odhams or O'odham
: a member of either the Pima or Tohono O'odham peoples
: the Uto-Aztecan language spoken by the Pimas and Tohono O'odhams

Examples of O'odham in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Johnson first started weaving in his late teens, working with O'odham weavers including Clara Havier, who only spoke O’odham. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2024 Beginning in summer 2023, O'odham school students came up with a roster of names for the jaguar. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 9 May 2024 Ak-Chin Tribal Chairman Robert Miguel remembered Carlyle-Kakar as a soft-spoken, unflappable presence, whether speaking in O'odham or English. The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2024 Affected areas included: Tohono O'odham Nation, including Sells; the Tucson area, including Tucson, Green Valley, Marana, Vail; western Pima County, including Ajo, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument; and south-central Pinal County, including Eloy, Picacho Peak State Park. Staff Reports, The Arizona Republic, 25 Aug. 2023 Martinez, who is of the Akimel O'odham and Hia Ced O'odham peoples and also has Mexican heritage, is the author of an upcoming book on Montezuma's importance in securing rights for Indigenous people, not only in Fort McDowell but throughout the nation. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 5 Nov. 2022

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Word History


O'odham ʔóʔdham people

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of O'odham was in 1985

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“O'odham.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/O%27odham. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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