Definition of Shawnee in English:



  • 1A member of an American Indian people living formerly in the eastern US and now chiefly in Oklahoma.

    • ‘An Indian chief - I suppose a Shawnee - singled him out with his rifle, and bade others of his warriors do the same.’
    • ‘Sugden also demolishes the old story, recently embraced by the novelist Alan Eckert and favored by some historians, that Blue Jacket was white, taken into captivity at a tender age and adopted by the Shawnee.’
    • ‘April 14, 1764: A servant of an Indian trader, Gershom Hicks, who had been captured by the Shawnees in May of 1763 and quickly turned over to the Delawares made an interesting assertion.’
    • ‘In that year the Whig candidate was William Henry Harrison, who had become well known after his defeat of the Shawnee at the Battle of Tippecanoe decades earlier.’
    • ‘September 10, 1764: A letter was written to Bouquet from the Virginia frontier by Colonel Andrew Lewis, stating that he had ‘certain Intiligance’ from the Shawnees and Delawares.’
    • ‘Tecumtha of the Shawnees of Ohio was urging America's Indians to declare for the British and push out of Indian land forever the rude settlers who appeared to think they were the only Americans who mattered.’
    • ‘Pontiac himself claimed to have waged war ‘solely on repeated invitations made me by the Delawares, Iroquois, and Shawnees.’’
    • ‘The signatories, however, by no means spoke for all Shawnees - much less all Cherokees or Ohio Country Indians - and the death of Sir William Johnson in 1774 threatened to plunge the entire Northern Superintendency into disarray.’
    • ‘Tenskwatawa retired to Canada with a British pension, but returned in 1826 and accompanied the Shawnee when they were moved, first to Missouri, and then to Kansas, where he died.’
    • ‘The Iroquois trail became the Great State Road connecting Lake Erie to the Hudson River, and the Great Trail, used by the Shawnees, Delawares, and others, became the first military road in the Ohio Valley.’
    • ‘This Indian Territory was where eastern Indian tribes such as the Kickapoos, Delawares, and Shawnees lived.’
    • ‘Perhaps the greatest native leader to have arisen since Europeans first arrived in North America was Tecumseh of the Shawnee.’
    • ‘In 1758, during the Seven Years' War, the fifteen-year-old Jemison was captured by Shawnees at her family's farm in Pennsylvania.’
    • ‘Anderson well understands that Delawares, Shawnees, and other semi-dependents broke free of the League, but they were not its most serious problem.’
    • ‘Included as well are Tecumseh's ties to the Creeks and an equal number of entries that describe the Shawnees ' wartime experiences.’
    • ‘Harrison's force was attacked by Shawnees led by the Shawnee Prophet, a brother of Tecumseh.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1817 some Cherokees made the journey west to join original inhabitants like the Kiowa, Shawnee, Comanche, and Pawnee.’
    • ‘That the two are associated directs attention towards Richard Johnson, since Tecumseh was a Shawnee.’
    • ‘There are descendants among more than 50 different Indian nations, such as the Mohawk; the Seneca; the Shawnee; the Delaware; the Ottawa and the Navajo.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Algonquian language of the Shawnee, now with few speakers.


  • Relating to the Shawnee or their language.

    • ‘In 1812 the Shawnee chief Tecumseh, whose mother was Creek, organized a rebellion against the United States.’
    • ‘The Americans lost not only Detroit, but all of the American territory west of Lake Erie to General Isaac Brock's troops, which were fewer in number, and his ally the Shawnee chief Tecumseh.’
    • ‘The men encountered and killed three more Shawnee prophets left by Tecumseh.’
    • ‘At the Treaty of Camp Charlotte, a Shawnee faction was forced to acknowledge Virginia's ownership of Kentucky.’
    • ‘His son William would marry a Shawnee woman, Mary Silverheels.’
    • ‘This disaster is also blamed on an Shawnee Indian curse.’
    • ‘Alone among prominent Shawnee chiefs, Blue Jacket gave his support to the Prophet and his brother Tecumseh.’
    • ‘The Eastern Shawnee tribe of Oklahoma wants to reclaim ancestral homeland in central and southern Ohio.’
    • ‘According to Bergel, Native American legend says that Tenskwatawa, a Shawnee warrior and prophet, put the curse on General William Henry Harrison at the Battle of Tippecanoe.’
    • ‘The American elk was so named by early English settlers, but some people prefer to call it wapiti, its Shawnee name meaning ‘white rump.’’
    • ‘The Prophet was also known as Lalawethika or Tenskwatawa and was the brother of the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh.’
    • ‘He led the Shawnee forces during Little Turtle's War and traveled widely in the southern United States promoting a pan-Indian alliance that would stop the takeover of Native lands.’
    • ‘Cave's research brings to life many familiar figures, including Shawnee warrior Tecumseh and his prophet brother Tenskwatawa, along with their ultimate nemesis William Henry Harrison.’
    • ‘Born in Lancaster, Ohio, the sixth child of Charles R. and Mary Hoyt Sherman, Sherman was named for the Shawnee Indian leader Tecumseh.’
    • ‘Named Tecumseh after the Shawnee leader, he was rechristened William in a Catholic ceremony at age 9, after he was informally adopted by a prominent Ohio politician when his father died.’
    • ‘The southern limit of the track passed some tens of miles north of the Shawnee village.’
    • ‘The Red Stick losses were, according to the Americans, thirty-three, including one of Tecumseh's Shawnee prophets and twelve African Americans.’
    • ‘On 7 February 1778, Boone and thirty salt makers were captured by Shawnee Indians.’
    • ‘Inspired by the nativism espoused by the Shawnee leader Tecumseh, the Redsticks surprised the United States with an attack on Fort Mims, and only a crushing defeat at Horseshoe Bend ended their resistance.’


The name in Delaware.