Definition of Paiute in English:

Paiute

noun

  • 1A member of either of two culturally similar but geographically separate and linguistically distinct American Indian peoples (the Southern Paiute and the Northern Paiute) of the western US.

    • ‘In 1878, the Bannocks and Paiutes of Idaho and eastern Oregon were defeated.’
    • ‘Ben Cartwright was a white man, but he had been kind to the Paiute.’
    • ‘The Winnemucca family consistently urged Paiutes toward accommodation of non-Indians and selective acculturation.’
    • ‘He wanted to make sure that the officer knew that, to the Paiutes, the skulls were more than merely missing evidence.’
    • ‘All are very old - many predate the arrival of Northern Paiutes here by thousands of years.’
  • 2[mass noun] Either of the Uto-Aztecan languages of the Paiute, now with few speakers.

    • ‘When she moved away, she missed her family, missed the open space, missed hearing Paiute - ‘our language,’ she says.’
    • ‘To some people the sounds of Northern Paiute, for example, seem loud and very masculine, and perhaps monotonous.’
    • ‘Someone spoke in Paiute, and kept pushing on his side.’
    • ‘The Bannock people speak a dialect of Northern Paiute.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Paiute or their languages.

    • ‘Many other Paiute groups have actively taken steps to preserve their language.’
    • ‘He was dressed in traditional Paiute clothing, complete with moccasins, and his hair was kept back from his forehead with a leather thong.’
    • ‘‘This tragedy was not about race,’ Stafford said, ‘but someone's hoping to set off a race war by twisting things to turn people against the Paiute community.’’
    • ‘With skulls and bones now reunited, the ceremony will happen on an unmarked section of Paiute land in Nevada, to guard against further looting.’
    • ‘I have some herb medicine your father's Paiute friends gave him.’
    • ‘Adam recognized the word as the Paiute term for medicine man, or healer.’
    • ‘He laid the two Paiute children to rest, in a plastic garbage sack, next to the strawberry patch.’
    • ‘And who knows how many words of Pueblo, Ute, Hopi, or Paiute origin have become part of the Navajo language?’

Origin

From Spanish Payuchi, Payuta, influenced by Ute.

Pronunciation:

Paiute

/ˈpʌɪuːt/