Probably from Spanish comanche, a corruption of Old Ute kɨmantsi *[kɨˈman.tʃi] (“enemy”, “foreigner”) (compare Modern Southern Ute [kɨˈmaːtʃi̥] (“enemy”, “stranger”)). The Comanches’ autonym is Nʉmʉnʉʉ (“the people”).
Comanche (plural Comanches or Comanche)
- A member of a Native American ethnic group residing especially in Texas and Oklahoma.
- Synonym: (plural) Numunuu
- (plural only "Comanches") A light single-engine aircraft, the Piper PA-24 Comanche.
- (plural only "Comanches") A military helicopter, the RAH-66 Comanche.
Comanche (not comparable)
- Of or pertaining to the Comanche people, culture, or language.
- The nation of these people. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- The Uto-Aztecan language spoken by these people, sometimes classified as a variety of Shoshone.
- An unincorporated community in Yellowstone County, Montana, United States.
- A small city in Stephens County, Oklahoma, United States.
- A city, the county seat of Comanche County, Texas, United States.