Definition of Chiricahua in US English:



  • 1A member of an Apache people, formerly located in southern New Mexico, southeastern Arizona, and northern Mexico, now living primarily in Oklahoma and New Mexico.

    • ‘In this way, Chiricahua women have served as safe-keepers of a heritage that is now endangered.’
    • ‘Captain Thomas Roberts led an advance detachment that clashed with the Chiricahuas on July 15-16, 1862.’
    • ‘Upon their surrender, Geronimo and over 300 of his fellow Chiricahuas were shipped to Fort Marion, Florida.’
    • ‘The size of the award to the Chiricahuas nicely highlights the challenges associated with implementing the Act.’
    • ‘That number has been reduced to around 600 members of full Chiricahua descendance today.’
    • ‘In the 1980s about five hundred Chiricahua were living in Oklahoma and an indeterminate, but small number were living with Mescalero and Lipan Apache on the Mescalero Reservation.’
    • ‘Here, the true nature of the geology of the Chiricahuas is laid bare for visitors to observe and ponder.’
    • ‘Daklugie suffered all the ignominies heaped upon the Chiricahuas after they were exiled to Florida.’
    • ‘By 1883 the Chiricahuas referred to themselves as ‘Indeh’, or ‘The Dead’.’
    • ‘Among the Chiricahuas and the Western Apaches local groups comprised loose confederations called bands.’
    • ‘Mexican troops killed two of Mangas's sons as well as other Chiricahuas, and these deaths had to be avenged.’
    • ‘This site was called ‘The Land of the Standing-Up Rocks’ by the Chiricahua Apaches.’
    • ‘1890 - Crook, working for better treatment for the Chiricahuas, visited them at Mount Vernon, Alabama.’
    • ‘For further information regarding the dealings of the Chiricahua with the Government, see Apache.’
  • 2The Athabaskan language of the Chiricahua.

    • ‘When I was in sheep camp, I listened closely and it seemed to me that it was talking the Chiricahua language.’
    • ‘Many of the stories appearing in this volume were recorded and transcribed in the Chiricahua language by Harry Hoijer, a noted linguist who studied southern Athapaskan languages.’
    • ‘Only 300 people are still fluent in the Chiricahua language.’


  • Relating to the Chiricahua or their language.

    • ‘In his context, modern Chiricahua settlement patterns now indicate a reassertion of traditional Chiricahua spatial patterns.’
    • ‘Also they are reaching out to the non-Indian community to educate them about Chiricahua philosophy.’