Definition of Keres in English:



  • 1A member of a Pueblo Indian people inhabiting parts of New Mexico.

  • 2mass noun The language of the Keres, of unknown affinity, with fewer than 8,000 speakers.

    • ‘Many of Lucero's students through the years have primarily spoken English, while most of the older people were fluent in their native language of Keres.’
    • ‘There are a multitude of reasons why the young men & women turning twenty-one this year are far less fluent in Keres than the twenty-one year olds of twenty-five years ago.’


  • Relating to the Keres or their language.

    • ‘As with Tiwa, Tewa and Towa, there is some disagreement among the Keres people as to whether Keres should be a written language or not.’
    • ‘Following the ceremony, Johnson said that it's not just the youth that don't speak the language, there are also some grandparents who no longer speak the Laguna Keres language.’
    • ‘Here, as she does on many other occasions, Silko employs italics to introduce some background information about the traditions of the Keres people (their food and dances), as well as about coyote language.’
    • ‘Balance and harmony are two primary assumptions of the Keres people who inhabit the Laguna and Acoma Pueblos of New Mexico.’


From American Spanish Queres, from a North American Indian language.