noun, plural Paw·nees, (especially collectively) Paw·nee for 1.
- a member of a confederacy of North American Plains Indians of Caddoan stock formerly located along the Platte River valley, Nebraska, and now living in northern Oklahoma.
- the Caddoan language of the Pawnee Indians.
- plural -nees or -nee a member of a confederacy of related North American Indian peoples, formerly living in Nebraska and Kansas, now chiefly in Oklahoma
- the language of these peoples, belonging to the Caddoan family
Indian tribes of the Caddoan family, formerly inhabiting the plains of Nebraska, 1778, from Canadian French pani, from a Siouan language, e.g. Oto panyi.