- pl. Natch′ez a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in SW Mississippi and later in Oklahoma
- the extinct language of this people, thought to be related to Muskogean
Origin of NatchezFrench ; from a Natchez place name
nounpl. Natchez Natchez
- A member of a Native American people formerly located on the lower Mississippi River near present-day Natchez. The Natchez ceased to exist as a people after war with the French in the early 1700s.
- The language of the Natchez.
Origin of NatchezFrench, from Natchez.
A city of southwest Mississippi on the Mississippi River southwest of Vicksburg. Founded as a fortified settlement in 1716, it was held successively by France, Great Britain, Spain, and the United States. Natchez prospered as the southern terminus of the Natchez Trace, a road connecting the city with Nashville, Tennessee, that was commercially and strategically important until the early 1800s.