Definition of Shoshonean in English:



  • Relating to or denoting a branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family that includes Comanche and Shoshone.

    • ‘The Northern Paiutes speak a Shoshonean language, while that spoken by the Owens Valley Paiutes is related to the language of the Mono peoples of California.’
    • ‘The westernmost of the Pueblo Indian tribes, the independent Hopi Nation is the only Pueblo tribe that speaks a Shoshonean language of the Uto-Aztecan linguistic family.’


  • [mass noun] The Shoshonean languages.

    • ‘Other Indian groups of the U.S. who speak Shoshonean are the Paiutes, Goshutes, Shoshones, Bannocks, Comanches, Chemehuevi and some tribes in California.’