Definition of Sarcee in US English:


(also Sarsi)


  • 1A member of an indigenous people of Alberta, Canada.

    • ‘Often, they allied in battle with their neighbors the Gros Ventre and the Sarcee.’
    • ‘The Sarcee are noted as the only northern Athapascan band which is known to have become accustomed to life on the Plains, though it is probable that they merely represent a recent case of Plains adaptation such as took place at an earlier period with the Apache and Kiowa Apache successively.’
    • ‘Their expansion onto the plains displaced Lakotas, Crows, and Gros Venues to the south and the Blackfeet and Sarcees to the west.’
  • 2The Athabaskan language of the Sarcee.

    • ‘Where he (1984), for instance, stated that Sarcee is spoken only occasionally when old people who still know the language meet, but who ordinarily speak English, Hughes (1990) gives the number of ten speakers.’


  • Relating to the Sarcee or their language.

    • ‘Residents who oppose the construction of the Sarcee extension may not have won the battle to prevent negotiations on the Memorandum of Understanding, but they're chalking it up as a partial victory.’
    • ‘He (1801) estimated that there were 120 Sarcee warriors in 1801 and that their tents numbered 35.’
    • ‘The Weaselhead, which takes its name from a Sarcee aboriginal who lived there in the 1800s, has been called the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Calgary parks system.’


From Blackfoot saahsiwa.