Definition of Choctaw in English:

Choctaw

noun

  • 1A member of an American Indian people now living mainly in Mississippi.

    • ‘By 1890, the Choctaws were outnumbered by Americans within their own country by more than three to one.’
    • ‘Tocqueville gives this account of the dispossession of the Choctaws, which he witnessed in 1831.’
    • ‘The Choctaws had a village in eastern Mississippi named Yazoo.’
    • ‘The tone changes with ‘Choctaw Nation’, about the Native American Choctaw people and the troubles they faced.’
    • ‘Bandow wrote of one such client, Mississippi's Choctaw Indians, quote, ‘The Choctaws offer a model for other tribes.’’
    • ‘During the War of 1812 he helped secure the Choctaws for the American cause, and a contingent of that tribe assisted Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans.’
    • ‘To accomplish this, he must also find a way to remove the southeastern tribes, the Choctaws, Cherokees, Creeks, and Chickasaws, from their homes.’
    • ‘The Choctaws broke ground for the Golden Moon project in November 2000 and topped the structure off in March of last year.’
    • ‘This was not the first time native Americans had been used to pass military information in battle: a group of eight Choctaw were used to transmit messages during the closing stages of the first world war.’
    • ‘The Choctaws have a thriving gaming presence in Oklahoma and also have casinos in 14 foreign countries.’
    • ‘The book's second part provides accounts of the customs and histories of the Catawbas, Cherokees, Creeks, Choctaws, and Chickasaws.’
    • ‘Heavy settlement of northeastern Mississippi awaited two more treaties made with the reluctant Choctaws.’
    • ‘Siouan-speaking peoples also exhibit a reverence for the number seven, whereas Choctaws hold that the sacred number is four.’
    • ‘The local barbecue magnate, a 51-year-old member of the Choctaw and Chippewa tribes, is also a longtime Robbins admirer.’
    • ‘That new direction will include outreach to another historically underserved minority - Mississippi's Choctaws - as well as building bridges with the state's growing Latino population.’
    • ‘Presently, Pearl River Resort represents more than a $500-million investment by the Choctaws in the State of Mississippi.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Muskogean language of the Choctaw, closely related to Chickasaw and now almost extinct.

    • ‘There are over 9,000 Choctaw speakers, including 80 who speak only Choctaw, out of a population of 25,000.’
    • ‘The Chickasaw language is still so similar to Choctaw, for instance, that linguists surmise that the separation of the two could not have occurred very long ago.’
    • ‘Nor is Johns dismayed by the fact that the Lakota and Choctaw are small language groups.’
  • 3(in skating) a step from one edge of a skate to the other edge of the other skate in the opposite direction.

    • ‘The mohawk and choctaw involve a step from one foot to the other during the execution of the turn.’
    • ‘However, in the choctaw variant, a change of feet occurs at the cusp of the turn.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Choctaw or their language.

    • ‘Finally, we reached the head of the line, and volunteers (not locals but Choctaw Indians from Oklahoma) filled the trunk with bags of ice.’
    • ‘He is still trim enough to get away with loud ensembles and he still has the face of a Choctaw Indian and a shanty Irishman having themselves a hell of a fight.’
    • ‘As president of their church's Woman's Missionary Union, his mother taught Bible lessons and childcare on the local Choctaw and Chickasaw reservation, taking her small son along with her.’
    • ‘General Andrew Jackson persuaded the Choctaw Indians to part with this land.’
    • ‘The Choctaw word for red was houma; okla meant people.’
    • ‘Two huge casinos run by Choctaw Indians are now among the largest employers in the Philadelphia area.’
    • ‘Its principal spectator sport, raquette, resembled Choctaw lacrosse, with a short stick in each hand.’
    • ‘Alabama was Creek country and most of the towns were Creek, but Wright began his work by trying to locate Mississippian towns that predated the Creeks, some of which became Choctaw towns.’
    • ‘The text takes the form of a chronological narrative designed to track Carson's chosen cultural elements and their associated adaptations through the course of Choctaw history.’
    • ‘Another bit of trivia: when the Cajun's ancestors were forcibly removed from Nova Scotia and dumped into Louisiana swamps 200 years ago they would have starved but for local Choctaw Indians.’
    • ‘Born in Tucson, Arizona, the poet AI, pseudonym of Florence Anthony, looks to a complex American multicultural ancestry - a Japanese father and a mother part black, Choctaw, and Irish.’
    • ‘The word Cherokee is believed to have evolved from a Choctaw word meaning ‘Cave People.’’
    • ‘The Choctaw language used in World War 1 was the only ‘code’ never broken by the German army.’
    • ‘Roosevelt made these comments the same year my great-great-great-grandmother was born to a Choctaw woman named Dollie Dollarhide.’
    • ‘Owning slaves who grew cotton enabled some Choctaw men to avoid the stigma attached to field work, which was traditionally associated with women.’
    • ‘The property had belonged to John Pitchlyn, a Choctaw leader and interpreter, who was supposedly born in South Carolina.’
    • ‘A pidgin version of the Choctaw language was used along many of the trading paths as the universal medium of trade communication among a wide assortment of diverse peoples.’
    • ‘Abramoff brought the Coushatta and Choctaw chiefs to Washington at the request of Grover Norquist.’
    • ‘What remains to be answered is if such a more fine-grained account of Choctaw culture would generate a different reading of Choctaw history.’
    • ‘Tuscahoma was the name of an Indian town in Oklahoma, and his father was part Indian, three-fourths either Choctaw or Chickasaw.’

Origin

From Choctaw čahta.

Pronunciation:

Choctaw

/ˈtʃɒktɔː/