Cherokee

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Most likely from the Cherokee autonym ᏣᎳᎩ (tsalagi). Derivation from a Choctaw exonym meaning "those who live in caves" (compare chiluk (cave)) has also been suggested[1] — the Iroquois term for the Cherokee was Oyata'ge'ronon (inhabitants of the cave country)[2] — as has derivation from a Creek term for "person(s) who speak(s) a non-Creek language" (see celokketv (to speak a non-creek language)).

Whatever its origin, the ethnonym entered European languages at an early date, perhaps as early as the 1670s;[3] in Spanish, the people are called the Tchalaquei as early as 1755.[4]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃɛr.ə.kiː/

Proper noun[edit]

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Cherokee

  1. An indigenous North American people.
  2. Their Iroquoian language, still spoken in Oklahoma and North Carolina.
  3. A syllabary for the Cherokee language invented by Sequoyah.

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Noun[edit]

Cherokee (plural Cherokees)

  1. A member of this people.

Translations[edit]

See also[edit]

Wiktionary
Cherokee edition of Wiktionary

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cherokee Indian Tribe, Access Genealogy (September 21, 2009)
  2. ^ Milton E. Campbell, The State of North Carolina with Native American Ancestry (ISBN 1426957475), page 39: "The Iroquois called the Cherokee Oyata'ge'ronon[,] which means inhabitants of the cave country."
  3. ^ Cherokee” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  4. ^ Charles A. Hanna, The Wilderness Trail (New York, 1911)

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Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Cherokee ?

  1. the Cherokee people
  2. their language

Noun[edit]

Cherokee

  1. a member of this people