Definition of Comanche in US English:


nounPlural Comanches

  • 1A member of a North American people of the southwestern US. The Comanche were among the first to acquire horses (from the Spanish) and resisted white settlers fiercely.

    • ‘To the south, Kiowas, Comanches, and Cheyennes disrupted the trade with New Mexico and struck south into Texas.’
    • ‘Less than twenty Comanches left the battleground unhurt.’
    • ‘They fought the Comanches and settled the Plains, creating a legend of Texan grit and determination not unlike the reputation of their Scottish forebears.’
    • ‘Between 1866 and 1891 these men participated in several notable campaigns against Kiowas, Comanches, Cheyennes, Apaches, and Lakotas.’
    • ‘The Kiowas and the Comanches now have separate business committees, which function as the equivalent of tribal governments, and the Kiowa-Apaches have remained allied with the Kiowas.’
    • ‘From there they would repair telegraph lines, escort traders and pioneers, and, if necessary, fight the Cheyenne and their allies the Comanches and Kiowas.’
    • ‘Dragging them from their wide open spaces into captivity is akin to the American scandal of driving Comanches and other Plains Indians onto reservations.’
    • ‘Since I was young, the Pawnees and the Comanches have been enemies.’
    • ‘Some of Mackenzie's Tonkawa or Delaware scouts had apprehended Tafoya after he had traded with the Comanches and Kiowas camping in the canyon.’
    • ‘During World War II, he was one of 17 Okalahoma Comanches attached to the 4th Infantry Division, 4th Signal Corps.’
    • ‘Pueblo auxiliaries were often required to fight with Spanish troops against either Apaches, Navajos, Utes, or Comanches, depending upon Spanish Indian policies and alliances at any given time.’
    • ‘In 1835, one traveler to Texas heard an echo of what seems to have been early contact between Comanches and African Americans in South Texas.’
    • ‘Having considered a number of options, she argues that the smallpox went from Louisiana along the Red River to the Comanches and was then transported by them, through trading links, to the Shoshones of modern Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.’
    • ‘Unlike many Native American tribes, the Comanches were warriors and wanderers, made up of as many as 38 bands related only by loose friendship.’
    • ‘As with Comanches and horses, some Navajos acquired far more sheep than others, a development that led to the emergence of a nascent class system and even to distinct band identities.’
    • ‘To the south, Kiowas, Comanches, and Cheyennes threatened the commerce with Santa Fe and raided deep into Texas.’
    • ‘He takes a bundle off the mule's back and spreads his goods on a blanket, and with a few silent, strong hand gestures begins to trade with the leader of the Comanches.’
    • ‘The Apaches were forced farther south and west by the incursion of the Comanches.’
    • ‘Against the smoothbore trade muskets of the Comanches, obtained from traders on the Arkansas River, and against the smoothbore military muskets of the Mexicans, the flintlock rifles proved deadly.’
    • ‘Historically recorded groups include Apaches, Comanches, Kickapoos, and Kiowas.’
  • 2The Uto-Aztecan language of the Comanche.

    • ‘He researched the vocabulary of six very different languages - English and Spanish, two Asian languages, Comanche, and the language of a non-literate community in Siberia.’
    • ‘He knelt by her and offered her a loaf of bread, she smiled gratefully and - murmuring words in Comanche - took it.’
    • ‘He chanted in Latin but claimed it was Comanche.’


  • Relating to the Comanche or their language.

    • ‘When they could be provoked into a fight or caught at all, Comanche warriors proved formidable foes, even for expert riflemen.’
    • ‘As explained in the catalogue, it is difficult to distinguish Kiowa from Comanche cradles because the two tribes shared the same reservation and presumably traded, sold, or gave cradles to one another.’
    • ‘Once, as Comanche warriors pounded on the front door, she carried a wash pot of boiling water into the loft, which she tipped onto the attacker's heads, scalding them and driving them away.’
    • ‘They had always been close, most likely because of the time spent in the Comanche village.’
    • ‘They were of the Shoshonean Comanche stock, and depended on the land for all their needs.’
    • ‘After many days he came to the place where the Comanche camp had been.’
    • ‘He had known when he handed her the gun that she stood no chance against a Comanche war party.’
    • ‘Luke, of course, showed his Comanche blood even more as he grew older.’
    • ‘The Indians implicitly understand, and they escort Cody back to their encampment, where he meets the Comanche chief.’
    • ‘His body went from the loose, almost indolent posture to one as taut as a Comanche bowstring.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most staunchly aligned with her early spiritual upbringing is Harris, who credits her mother's Comanche faith with helping her find a sense of identity.’
    • ‘Separation from her parents proved less problematic than separation from her Comanche roots.’
    • ‘The modern horse history and that of the post-European Native Americans are intertwined, such as Comanche horsemen, the Cheyenne's traditional Paint horses and the Nez Perce Apaloose.’
    • ‘Perched high on an escarpment above the Cibolo creek floodplain, this area was once an important hunting area for Apache and later the Comanche peoples.’


Spanish, from Comanche.