Wichita definition by Webster's New World
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city in S Kans., on the Arkansas River: pop. 344,000
Origin: after 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)
Wichita definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. Wichita or Wich·i·tas
- a. 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.b. A member of this confederacy.
- The Caddoan language of the Wichita.
Origin: Caddo wííc'ita.
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. Population: 358,000.