Definition of Cheyenne noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ʃaɪˈæn//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃaɪˈæn//
; BrE BrE//ʃaɪˈen//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃaɪˈen//
(pl. Cheyenne, Cheyennes)
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a member of a Native American people, many of whom now live in the US states of Oklahoma and Montana Word OriginCanadian French, from Dakota (the language of the Sioux people) šahíyena, from šaia ‘speak incoherently’, from ša ‘red’ + ya ‘speak’. Culture The Cheyenne had wars against other Native American groups and helped the Sioux to defeat General Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn. They were then forced to live on reservations (= land given and protected by the US government) in Oklahoma and Montana.
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