- pl. -·nes or -·ne a member of a group of North American Indians scattered over Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and California
- the Shoshonean language of this people
Origin of Shoshone; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Shoshonean tsosoni, curly head, in allusion to their hairdo
Also sp. Sho·sho′ni
river in NW Wyo., flowing northeast into the Bighorn River: c. 100 mi (161 km)
nounpl. Shoshone or Sho·sho·nes also Shoshoni or Sho·sho·nis
- A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting parts of Idaho, northern Utah, eastern Oregon, and western Montana, with a present-day population mostly in southeast Idaho. Also called Northern Shoshone, Snake1.
- A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting the Great Basin area of Idaho, Utah, and Nevada south to Death Valley, California, with a present-day population mostly in Nevada. Also called Western Shoshone.
- A member of a Native American people inhabiting the Wind River valley of western Wyoming. Also called Eastern Shoshone, Wind River Shoshone.
- Any of the Uto-Aztecan languages of any of the Shoshone peoples.
Origin of ShoshoneProbably from an Eastern Shoshone band name.