Tu·​pi tü-ˈpē How to pronounce Tupi (audio)
variants or less commonly Tupí
plural Tupi or Tupis also Tupí or Tupís
: a language family of lowland South America that includes Tupi-Guarani and the speech of a number of other peoples living mainly in Brazil south of the Amazon River
tü-ˈpē-ən How to pronounce Tupi (audio)
adjective or noun

Examples of Tupi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first books Europeans wrote about the Tupi portrayed them as practitioners of ritual cannibalism, and the Group of Five metaphorically repurposed that notion. Larry Rohter, The New York Review of Books, 14 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tupi was in 1842

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“Tupi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tupi. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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