Pai·​ute ˈpī-ˌyüt How to pronounce Paiute (audio)
variants or less commonly Piute
plural Paiute or Paiutes also Piute or Piutes : a member of a group of Indigenous peoples originally inhabiting western and southern parts of the U.S. Great Basin
: either of the two Uto-Aztecan languages of the Paiute people

Examples of Paiute in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This includes the Havasupai Tribe, Hopi Tribe, Hualapai Tribe, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, Moapa Band of Paiutes, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Navajo Nation, San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, Yavapai-Apache Nation, Pueblo of Zuni and the Colorado River Indian Tribes. Dina Kaur, The Arizona Republic, 17 Jan. 2024 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will be returning more than 40 acres of Inyo County land to the Indigenous Paiute people in early in 2024, including a decades-old fish hatchery located along historic Route 395. Roberto Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2023 Around 70,000 people were in Black Rock City, a self-sustaining community on the territory of the Northern Paiute people. Hazlitt, 1 Nov. 2023 In July, the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah confirmed that 12 children were buried in unmarked graves at the site of the Panguitch Indian Boarding School in southern Utah. Zach Levitt, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 The plaintiffs argued that BLM had approved the project without adequate environmental review and hadn’t sufficiently consulted local communities, including the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, in its permitting process. Molly Taft, The New Republic, 8 Sep. 2023 Then a Pyramid Lake Paiute tribal ranger, shouting obscenities, rammed his truck into the blockade and the protesters were arrested. Alden Wicker, WIRED, 7 Sep. 2023 But there is a lack of infrastructure at times to support the temporary city — not necessarily on the festival grounds itself, but in the two-lane road that takes people from Reno to the rural Nevada desert, cutting through the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s land. Ed Komenda, Fortune, 6 Sep. 2023 The state’s attorneys cite previous cases where other tribes, including the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma and the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Indians Tribe in California also had civil rights cases dismissed for that reason. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Sep. 2023

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Word History


alteration of Pie-Utaw, alteration of Paiuches, plural, from American Spanish Payuchis Southern Paiutes

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Paiute was in 1827

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“Paiute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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Pai·​ute ˈpī-ˌ(y)üt How to pronounce Paiute (audio)
: a member of an American Indian people originally of Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California

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