Min·​ne·​ta·​ree ˌmi-nə-ˈtär-ē How to pronounce Minnetaree (audio)
variants or less commonly Minitari
plural Minnetaree also Minnetarees or Minitari
: a member of a Siouan-speaking Indigenous people of the Missouri River valley in North Dakota : hidatsa

Word History


borrowed from Mandan wrį́tari (phonetically minį́tari) "Hidatsa," borrowed from Hidatsa mirítaˑri "crosses the water"

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Minnetaree was in 1796

Cite this Entry

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

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