Definition of Tarahumara in US English:



  • 1A member of an indigenous people of northwestern Mexico.

    • ‘Cool your toes on fast, fun river crossings near the village of Cerro Colorado, visit the indigenous Tarahumara, and bunk down in a restored hacienda built into the canyon walls.’
    • ‘Many centuries ago, the Tarahumara of northern Mexico took turns running down deer in the middle of the day.’
    • ‘The Spanish originally encountered the Tarahumara throughout Chihuahua upon arrival in the 1500's, but as the Spanish encroached on their civilization the shy and private Tarahumara retreated for the nearly inaccessible canyons of the Sierra Tarahumara.’
    • ‘The vast ruggedness of the countryside has kept the Tarahumara, and the wild canyons themselves insulated from the influences of modern society.’
    • ‘Thirty percent of Chihuahua's population comprises members of the indigenous Tarahumara and infant mortality is high due to diarrheal diseases and other childhood infections.’
  • 2The Uto-Aztecan language of the Tarahumara.

    • ‘Part of his strategy when he embarked on this lifetime project was to learn to speak Tarahumara so that he could deal directly with the people.’
    • ‘Some older Spanish speakers who live there speak Tarahumara for work or trade.’
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  • Relating to the Tarahumara or their language.

    • ‘Enjoy breathtaking scenery, discover the world of the shy and mysterious Tarahumara Indians, and indulge in Mexican hospitality on this all-inclusive tour.’
    • ‘Look for handmade olive jars, Tarahumara pots from Mexico, iron equipale chairs, and weathered hacienda doors to use as gates, as well as Southwest-style indoor furnishings.’
    • ‘Home of the Tarahumara Indians, the Copper Canyon is one of the largest and most complex canyon systems in the world.’
    • ‘He arrived in America in 1673 and began teaching and baptizing the Tarahumara Indians of the Southwest.’
    • ‘She longs for the serene life of her childhood ranch and her Tarahumara friend, Sabochi, who played games with her brothers and looked after the children while their father worked.’


Spanish, from Tarahumara rarámuri.