Zu·​ni ˈzü-nē How to pronounce Zuni (audio)
variants or less commonly Zuñi
plural Zuni or Zunis also Zuñi or Zuñis : a member of an Indigenous people of western New Mexico
: the language of the Zuni people

Examples of Zuni in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The store sources their fetishes directly from the Zuni people, which is important. Seret and Sons, a store by the same family behind Inn of the Five Graces, carries an extensive collection of pieces that the family collects while traveling. Alexandra Malmed, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2023 Their descendants, the Hopi and Zuni, tell of a time of drought, the end of the rains. Wade Davis, Rolling Stone, 3 Sep. 2023 On March 24, Weathers ruled Zuni Trail was a suitable location to house Badger. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2023 The Navajo, Hopi, Ute Mountain Ute, Pueblo of Zuni and Ute Indian Tribes will coordinate land-use planning and implementation, as well as develop long-term resource management and programmatic goals. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 11 Aug. 2023 Four of the five tribes — Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Zuni and Hopi — that initially pushed for the Bears Ears National Monument intervened in the lawsuit last November, arguing the land would be harmed if the designation was tossed. and Jacob Scholl, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Aug. 2023 It's intended to protect thousands of sites considered sacred by the Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Paiute, Navajo, Yavapai-Apache, Zuni and Colorado River Indian tribes, the administration said. George Petras, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


American Spanish Zuñi

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Zuni was in 1834

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“Zuni.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zuni. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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Zu·​ni ˈzü-nē How to pronounce Zuni (audio)
variants also Zuñi
plural Zuni or Zunis also Zuñi or Zuñis
: an American Indian people of western New Mexico

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