Definition of Kiowa in US English:



  • 1A member of a North American people of the southern plains of the US, now living mainly in Oklahoma.

    • ‘Some scholars believe that a small group of Jumanos became the foundation of the Kiowas in Texas.’
    • ‘Fighting the Kiowas was not like fighting the Sheepeaters, which was not like fighting the Apaches.’
    • ‘On the southern plains, a war in 1868-69 forced Cheyennes, Kiowas, and Comanches to new reservations.’
    • ‘From there they would repair telegraph lines, escort traders and pioneers, and, if necessary, fight the Cheyenne and their allies the Comanches and Kiowas.’
    • ‘My people the Kiowas, like all Indian people, are a very spiritual people.’
  • 2The language of the Kiowa, related to the Tanoan group.

    • ‘I do not speak Kiowa, and I never understood her prayers, but there was something inherently sad in the sound, some merest hesitation upon the syllables of sorrow.’
    • ‘She readily learned to speak Kiowa and soon forgot her native tongue.’


  • Relating to the Kiowa or their language.

    • ‘Unlike many of his young Indian peers, Rogers' Kiowa grandparents believed in serving more traditional foods, including berries, deer, and fish.’
    • ‘Just before noon, two Kiowa helicopters skimmed in over the rooftops, and rockets streaked into the villa.’
    • ‘Some motifs traditionally are associated with a single tribe, such as the leaf, which was used as a central motif by Kiowa women.’
    • ‘A half-dozen Blackhawks and twice as many heavily armed Kiowa scouts indicated right away we would have a long wait for lunch.’
    • ‘Two Kiowa helicopters were damaged, but the pilots were not injured.’


From American Spanish Caygua, from Kiowa kɔ́ygú (plural).