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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.’
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?’
From Spanish Payuchi, Payuta, influenced by Ute.
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