Definition of Zuni in US English:


(also Zuñi)

nounPlural Zunis

  • 1A member of a Pueblo Indian people of western New Mexico.

    • ‘Kirk Bemis, the Zunis ' hydrologist, says that the appropriate studies on these other aquifers have yet to be done.’
    • ‘A field test among the Zuni and Navaho in 1951 indicated it would be fruitful to conduct a larger scale project in all five communities.’
    • ‘On the other hand, I should tell you that long after Cushing's time, the Zuni did restore their church, and I have seen it.’
    • ‘They like to be called what they are - Utes, Hopis, Zunis - and collectively, they answer to ‘first people’.’
    • ‘She makes her living as an itinerant folksinger whose songs become her means of trying to claim an identity for herself as a Zuni.’
  • 2The language of the Zuni, with about 3,000 speakers.

    • ‘He curses at him in Zuñi and spits on the ground, as he has seen Popé do.’


  • Relating to the Zuni or their language.

    • ‘The moment you enter, you notice the quality of the pottery, basketry, rugs, and jewelry most crafted by the Zuni and Navajo peoples of the Colorado Plateau.’
    • ‘Logan had learned this tract was mistakenly omitted from the government's official demarcation of Zuni boundaries five years earlier.’
    • ‘She furthered Hopi and Zuni art in the Southwest, working in ceramics and silver.’
    • ‘The practice is perhaps best known among the Zuñi Indians of Arizona, but is widely seen in other tribal groups as well.’
    • ‘It seems he was given to going around in Zuni costume, but, his rivals complained, it was not strictly authentic.’


From Spanish Zuñi, probably from Keresan.