Main definitions of Miami in English

: Miami1Miami2

Miami1

proper noun

  • A city and port on the coast of SE Florida; population 413,201 (est. 2008). Its subtropical climate and miles of beaches make this and the resort island of Miami Beach a year-round holiday resort.

Pronunciation:

Miami

/mʌɪˈami/

Main definitions of Miami in English

: Miami1Miami2

Miami2

noun

  • 1A member of an American Indian people formerly living mainly in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin and more recently inhabiting areas of Ohio, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

    • ‘The attack the Miamis feared from Vincennes, however, never came.’
    • ‘Captain Lismahago's encounter with the Miamis and his period of temporary residence with them brings the unstable imperial experience into the centre of the Bramble party travelling through Britain.’
    • ‘When de la Balme promised the Creoles a quick remedy and targeted a scapegoat, Charles Beaubien, the British agent to the Miamis, they received him as ‘the Messiah.’’
    • ‘Several tribes, especially the Cherokees and Creeks in the South and the Shawnees, Kickapoos, Miamis, and others north of the Ohio River, held substantial military power.’
    • ‘He had not only married into one of the most hostile tribes of the Great Lakes, the Miamis, but he had also led numerous Indian raids against settlements along the Ohio River and in the Illinois country.’
    • ‘The Miamis never expected a renegade like de la Balme.’
    • ‘De la Balme's raid also seems to have reawakened the Miamis to the very real dangers posed by the American rebels and French Creoles at Vincennes, not only to their goods, but also to their lives.’
    • ‘Short of turning all the Miamis in the country into Cicelys, it just isn't going to happen in any short order.’
    • ‘By the spring of 1774, the French in the area conspired against the Miamis and decided they deserved full control over the portage.’
    • ‘Though the American presence diminished the power of the Miamis in 1795, Richardville's Kekionga maintained its economic and political sovereignty until the Treaty of Ghent, 1814.’
    • ‘The British intended for the Miamis to carry freely across the portage, charging what the market could bear.’
    • ‘Among the tribes represented were Delawares, Iroquois, Wyandots, Miamis, Ottawas, Pottawattamies, Creeks, Sac and Fox, Choctaw.’
    • ‘Beaubien also rallied the Miamis and traveled with them and the British Lieutenant Governor of Canada, Henry Hamilton, in their attack on Vincennes and Virginian forces in 1778.’
    • ‘Though the Kickapoo tribe sold the land to the federal government in 1815, the Miamis argued that the area really wasn't theirs to sell: the Miamis already owned it.’
    • ‘The Miamis returned Beaubien's goods to his warehouse.’
  • 2[mass noun] The dialect of Illinois formerly spoken by the Miami but now extinct.

adjective

  • Relating to the Miami or their language.

    • ‘She turned on the news, which was currently the local news, and watched in disgust as she watched a story about a Miami tribe of Indians wanting to sue a bunch of Illinois land owners for something they didn't do.’

Origin

French, from Illinois (an American Indian language).

Pronunciation:

Miami

/mʌɪˈami/