Definition of Osage in English:


Pronunciation: /əʊˈseɪdʒ//ˈəʊseɪdʒ/


  • 1A member of an American Indian people formerly inhabiting the Osage River valley in Missouri.

    • ‘Among the Osage, the clan member who took the captive usually kept the captive in his clan as a ‘sho-ka’ or clan messenger and helper.’
    • ‘Recently, the authors asked an Osage, a descendent of a member of the Gthon’ I-ni-ka-sh-ga clan, about the rites and obligations of this high-status clan.’
    • ‘There are also Indians from other tribes who have moved into Tahlequah: Creeks, Kiowas, Osages, and even Navajos.’
    • ‘Another wealthy tribe, the 16,000-strong Osage in Oklahoma, owns the rights to one of the richest oil and gas fields in the state.’
    • ‘Above all, it would be the increasingly powerful Osages living to the west of the new city that determined the success of this enterprise.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Siouan language of the Osage, now virtually extinct.

    • ‘Currently, about twenty tribal members out of eighteen thousand can speak Osage fluently.’
    • ‘If you speak Osage, you can understand after a little while, Ponca.’
    • ‘Osage is a Siouan language of the Southern Plains. Only a handful of elders still speak the Osage language today, but some young people are trying to learn.’


  • Relating to the Osage or their language.

    • ‘The name comes from the Osage Indians of that region, who, like other Native Americans, valued the tree for its wood.’
    • ‘The Osage Indians of Missouri made a bread called ‘stanic’ from the pulp of the persimmon and ground corn.’
    • ‘Turkey beards (likened to human scalps) were used for some of the vertical elements of traditional Osage hair roaches.’
    • ‘In this remark, we hear a surviving fragment of this very ‘thunder power,’ handed down from an Osage ancestor.’
    • ‘The Osage adoption ceremonies traditionally use one or two calumet pipes, some with bells, said to represent the sound of thunder, and two tufts of owl feathers, said to represent deer lungs.’


Alteration of Osage Wazhazhe, the name of one of the three groups that compose this people.