cherokees








noun, plural Cher·o·kees, (especially collectively) Cher·o·kee for 1.

  1. a member of an important tribe of North American Indians whose first known center was in the southern Alleghenies and who presently live in North Carolina and Oklahoma.
  2. the Iroquoian language of the Cherokee, written since 1822 in a syllabic script invented for the language by Sequoya.

noun

  1. plural -kees or -kee a member of a Native American people formerly living in and around the Appalachian Mountains, now chiefly in Oklahoma; one of the Iroquois peoples
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family

1670s, from Cherokee Tsaragi.

A Native American tribe who lived in the Southeast in the early nineteenth century; the Cherokees were known as one of the “civilized tribes” because they built schools and published a newspaper. In the 1830s, the United States government forcibly removed most of the tribe to reservations west of the Mississippi River. (See Trail of Tears.)

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