cliff dweller


Definition of cliff dweller

1 often capitalized C&D
a : a member of a prehistoric American Indian people of the southwestern U.S. who built their homes on rock ledges or in the natural recesses of canyon walls and cliffs
b : a member of any cliff-dwelling people
2 : a resident of a large usually metropolitan apartment building

Other Words from cliff dweller

cliff dwelling noun

First Known Use of cliff dweller

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Cliff dweller.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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