Sioux Definition

Webster's New World
A member of a group of Native American peoples, comprising the Lakota, the Santee, the Yankton, and the Yanktonai, inhabiting the northern Great Plains from Minnesota to eastern Montana and from southern Saskatchewan to Nebraska. Present-day Sioux populations are located mainly in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, and Nebraska.
American Heritage
Any of the Siouan languages of the Sioux peoples.
American Heritage
Name applied to various formerly nomadic Native American tribes of the North American Great Plains.
The group of languages spoken by the Sioux.
Webster's New World

Origin of Sioux

  • North American French short for nadouéssioux from Ottawa na·towe·ssiwak plural of na·towe·ssi Sioux person from Proto-Algonquian na·towe·wa northern Iroquoian probably from -a·towe· to speak a foreign language

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A shortening of French Nadouessioux, from Ottawa naatowessiwak (“little snake"), which could refer to the massasauga (Sistrurus catenus), a small rattlesnake.

    From Wiktionary

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