Te·​wa ˈtā-wə How to pronounce Tewa (audio)
: a member of a Pueblo Indian people of New Mexico and Arizona
: the language of the Tewa people

Examples of Tewa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The early Native American inhabitants of the area, a Puebloan people who spoke the Tewa language, also believed the dirt was medicinal. David Kelly, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2023 The council will consider a resolution establishing the Tewa Court/10th Street Utility Underground District overhead facilities removal date. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022 Simpson, who is Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa from New Mexico, is looking back — way back, millennia or more — but, crucially, also forward. Murray Whyte, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2022

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Word History


American Spanish Tegua, from Tewa téwa, a self-designation

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tewa was in 1844

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Cite this Entry

“Tewa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tewa. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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