city in S Kans., on the Arkansas River: pop. 344,000
Origin of Wichitaafter the Wichita (cf. Caddo wí·c'ita, Osage wícita), a Caddoan people who relocated in a village at the site of the city in Kansas as Civil War refugees (1862-67)
nounpl. Wichita or Wich·i·tas
- A member of a Native American confederacy formerly inhabiting south-central Kansas and later moving southward into Oklahoma and Texas, with a present-day population in southwest Oklahoma.
- The Caddoan language of the Wichita.
Origin of WichitaOf Wichita origin (originally the name of one Wichita village population of the 18th century).
A city of south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River southwest of Kansas City. It was founded in the 1860s on the site of an earlier Wichita village and boomed as a cow town after the coming of the railroad in 1872.