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



BrE BrE//ˈsemɪnəʊl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsemɪnoʊl//
(pl. Seminole, Seminoles)
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a member of a Native American people, many of whom live in the US states of Oklahoma and Florida Word Originvia Creek from American Spanish cimarrón ‘wild, untamed’. Culture The Seminole were the last Native American people to make peace with the US government. In 1817-18 they defended their land in Florida against soldiers led by Andrew Jackson, and then fought another war against white people in 1835-42. They were moved to Indian Territory in Oklahoma and became one of the Five Civilized Tribes. Some who escaped to the Everglades did not agree to peace until 1934, and many Seminoles are still there today. see also Trail of Tears
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