plural Osages or Osage : a member of an Indigenous people originally inhabiting southwestern Missouri and adjacent parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas
: the Siouan language of the Osage people

Word History


French, probably from an Algonquian language, from Osage wažáže, a self-designation

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Osage was in 1698

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Cite this Entry

“Osage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Osage. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ō-ˈsāj How to pronounce Osage (audio)
plural Osages or Osage
: a member of an American Indian people originally of Missouri

Geographical Definition


geographical name

ō-ˈsāj How to pronounce Osage (audio)
river in eastern Kansas and Missouri flowing east into the Missouri River

Note: The course of the Osage River flows through the Lake of the Ozarks.

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