- pl. -·noles· or -·nole· a member of any of the North American Indian groups that separated from the Creek Confederacy in the 18th cent. and migrated to Florida: now living in S Florida & Oklahoma
- the variety of Creek spoken by the Florida Seminoles
- a related Muskogean language, usually called Mikasuki
Origin of Seminole; from earlier Seminolie ; from Creek simanó?li wild, runaway, altered by metathesis ; from simaló?ni ; from New World Spanish cimarrón
nounpl. Seminole or Sem·i·noles
- A member of a Native American people made up of various primarily Creek groups who moved into northern Florida during the 1700s and 1800s, later inhabiting the Everglades region as well, with present-day populations in Oklahoma and southern Florida. The Seminole Wars ended in the removal of the majority of the Seminoles to Indian Territory.
- Either of the Muskogean languages of the Seminole.
Origin of SeminoleAlteration of Seminolie, from Creek simalóoni, simanóoli, runaway, from American Spanish cimarrón; see maroon1.