- pl. -·nees′ or -·nee′ a member of a group of North American Plains Indian peoples, formerly living in the valley of the Platte River in Nebraska and now living in N Oklahoma
- the Caddoan language of these peoples
Origin of PawneeNorth American French pani ; from Illinois ; from Iowa panyi
nounpl. Pawnee or Paw·nees
- A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting the Platte River valley in south-central Nebraska and northern Kansas, with a present-day population in north-central Oklahoma. The Pawnee comprised a confederation of four relatively independent tribes living in permanent villages.
- The Caddoan language of the Pawnee.
Origin of PawneeNorth American French Pani, of Illinois origin, ultimately of Siouan origin.
- (law) One or two whom a pledge is delivered as security; one who takes anything in pawn.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
pawn +"Ž -ee
- A near-extinct language of North America.
(comparative more Pawnee, superlative most Pawnee)
- Relating to the Pawnee people or language.
- A person of Pawnee origin or descent.