Shawnee

noun
Shaw·​nee | \ shȯ-ˈnē How to pronounce Shawnee (audio) , shä- \
plural Shawnee or Shawnees

Definition of Shawnee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of an American Indian people originally of the central Ohio valley
2 : the Algonquian language of the Shawnee people

Shawnee

geographical name
Shaw·​nee | \ shȯ-ˈnē How to pronounce Shawnee (audio) , ˈshȯ-ˌnē; shä-ˈnē, ˈshä-ˌnē \

Definition of Shawnee (Entry 2 of 2)

1 city in northeastern Kansas on the southern edge of Kansas City population 62,209
2 city on the North Canadian River in central Oklahoma population 29,857

First Known Use of Shawnee

Noun

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Shawnee

Noun

back-formation from obsolete English Shawnese, ultimately from Shawnee ša·wano·ki, literally, southerners

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“Shawnee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shawnee. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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