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1A member of an American Indian people formerly inhabiting much of the southern US, now living on reservations in Oklahoma and North Carolina.
- ‘North Carolina forced the Cherokees out onto the Trail of Tears in the 1830s.’
- ‘Many Indians died when the United States army took the Cherokees to Oklahoma.’
- ‘About one-quarter of the kids were Cherokees residing on a federal reservation.’
- ‘The offspring of unions between Cherokees became members of their mother's clan.’
- ‘Before European contact, the Cherokees practiced a gender-specific division of labor: women farmed and men hunted.’
2[mass noun] The Iroquoian language of the Cherokee, which has had its own script since 1820 and has about 11,000 speakers.
- ‘It is used in the Indian churches and at the stomp grounds, and many children still grow up with Cherokee as their first language, learning English when they go to school.’
- ‘So we were a literate people, therefore most of our mythology has been codified and has been written down, either in Cherokee or in Cherokee and then translated to English.’
- ‘In the 1820's the most impressive cultural change was made as an actual written language derived from the Cherokee spoken word was created.’
- ‘The Cherokees recorded their laws and constitution and translated the Bible and numerous other works into Cherokee.’
- ‘So I asked my friend in the dormitory about some sweet words in Cherokee.’
Relating to the Cherokee or their language.
- ‘A Cherokee grandmother recited Crazy Horse's prophecy about these very times, as the Old Age closes.’
- ‘The nation was overrun by refugees from the Creek and Cherokee nations, however, which were occupied by troops.’
- ‘I am an 80-year-old Cherokee Indian, and what the white man has done to this country is unbelievable.’
- ‘For the first time since the race began, the colonel took down his glass and angrily addressed the Cherokee chief in his Indian language.’
- ‘What I expect from this trip isn't much more than a few kitschy T-shirts, a cowboy hat, and perhaps a pair of authentic Cherokee moccasins.’
From obsolete Cherokee tsaraki, earlier form of tsaliki.
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