Definition of Sioux in US English:



  • another term for the Dakota people or their language. See Dakota
    • ‘Friendly Sioux camped nearby hailed the boat as it landed and took hold of the docking ropes, demanding that the vessel's captain treat them to presents.’
    • ‘His family settled there in the 1880s about a decade after the Sioux beat Custer.’
    • ‘Back at the village, O'Meara comes to the realization that he is not really a Sioux.’
    • ‘The forest Sioux of northern Minnesota were already on the retreat before the first white men came in 1660.’
    • ‘The Sioux must now get permission from the National Park Service to go onto their own sacred land, officially known as Devils Tower National Monument.’
    • ‘North Dakota's mascot, by the way, is the fighting Sioux.’
    • ‘The Crows sprang to the attack, swarming over the embattled Sioux who had no time to reload their weapons.’
    • ‘As Wakefield learned firsthand, the Sioux's patience was not without limits.’
    • ‘Certain kinds of actions by the tribal council, however, are subject to the authority of the secretary of the interior of the U.S. government, a reminder that the Sioux are not alone in their land.’
    • ‘Early in the battle, the advancing Sioux stampeded their horses.’
    • ‘Custer reasoned that dragging the guns and ammunition over mountain trails would have decreased his speed and ruined his chances of finding the elusive Sioux.’
    • ‘The Santee's culture was not only disrupted, the Sioux gradually found themselves dependent on trade goods, which made them easy prey for the white merchants.’
    • ‘The Sioux ruled an enormous grassland empire, from Canada to Missouri, from Minnesota to Montana.’
    • ‘The Wasase is a ceremony that we adopted from the Sioux more than 200 years ago.’
    • ‘The Sioux understandably resented the invasion of their territory, and the United States Army made largely ineffectual efforts to deter the horde of gold seekers.’
    • ‘I don't know if Congress included representatives of the Sioux in their deliberations when the legislation was discussed.’
    • ‘Before long the Sioux, who can't speak English, let alone French, finds himself fighting for survival on the streets of Marseille.’
    • ‘Who shall blame the Sioux for defending themselves, their wives and children, when attacked in their own encampment and threatened with destruction?’
    • ‘This mine, which has been in nearly continual operation since the Sioux were driven out of the mountains, has generated more than a billion dollars in revenue.’
    • ‘Although suffering from hunger because of a prolonged drought and government cutbacks in their rations, the Sioux were not taking up arms.’


  • Relating to the Sioux or their language.

    • ‘American Indian of Sioux tribe, Billy Mills, won a race for the first time in his life.’
    • ‘Frazier's unsentimental portrait of Sioux culture also exposes the confines of his own Caucasian world.’
    • ‘Sayers is enrolled in a Sioux tribe in South Dakota that has no influence with the Minnesota tribe.’
    • ‘After the war General Custer and the 7th Cavalry were sent to the Black Hills of the Dakotas, the most remote part of Sioux reservation.’
    • ‘The bride's father is named as ‘Little Chief’ of the Ogallala band of Sioux Indians.’
    • ‘Yesterday, President Runningbear began talks with Apache and Sioux tribes in an effort to persuade other Native American nations to join the cause.’
    • ‘Smith connects Sioux history with other Plains Indians' experience.’
    • ‘In historical fact, Black Elk spent his adult life as a devoutly Catholic evangelist and catechist among the Lakota Sioux Indians.’
    • ‘Minnehaha, while widely reported to mean ‘laughing waters’ in the Sioux language, actually means ‘falling waters.’’
    • ‘Ojibwa and Sioux fighting extended over a 100-year period until separate reservations were established.’
    • ‘In 1994, Miracle the White Buffalo, a sacred figure of Sioux prophecy and a symbol of hope, renewal and harmony, was born at a family farm in Janesville.’
    • ‘The presentation demonstrated that Sioux migrants tended to move to Chicago in family groups while Chippewa people were younger, single, and more often female.’
    • ‘Like every Sioux child, Bad Heart Bull grew up hearing and drawing the stories told by his father and uncles.’
    • ‘Puberty is often accompanied by fasting, as for example among Sioux boys and some Africans, while Orthodox Jews fast before the marriage ceremony.’
    • ‘I am very pleased to have experienced the month that I spent with the Sioux Indians in South Dakota.’
    • ‘O'Meara heads west, into Sioux territory, where he meets an elderly Indian scout named Walking Coyote, who is returning to his tribe so he can die in peace.’
    • ‘I am a Lakota Indian from the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.’
    • ‘At various times the boy has told us that he ran away from school to join a carnival, was descended from Sioux Indians, was an orphan and had been a hobo.’
    • ‘He then left the world of allopathic medicine entirely, to go off to an Indian reservation in South Dakota to study with a Sioux medicine man and learn about herbal medicine and ritual healing.’
    • ‘The tail of nearly every Sioux horse is tied with a strip of red stroud cloth as a sign of war.’


North American French, from Nadouessioux from Ojibwa (Ottawa dialect) nātowēssiwak, by substitution of the French plural ending -x for the Ojibwa plural -ak.