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n. pl. Shawnee or Shaw·nees
1. A Native American people formerly inhabiting parts of the Cumberland and central Ohio Valleys, with present-day populations in Oklahoma. The Shawnee figured prominently in the resistance to white settlement of the Ohio Valley in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
2. The Algonquian language of the Shawnee.

[Back-formation from obsolete Shawnese, from Shawnee shaawanooki, those of the south, Shawnee.]


npl -nees or -nee
1. (Peoples) a member of a North American Indian people formerly living along the Tennessee River
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
[C20: back formation from obsolete Shawnese, from Shawnee Shaawanwaaki people of the south, from shaawanawa south]



n., pl. -nees, (esp. collectively) -nee.
1. a member of an American Indian people, probably orig. centered in the upper Ohio River valley, later fragmented, and confined to reservations in the Indian Territory in the 19th century.
2. the Algonquian language of the Shawnee.
[1720–30, Amer. < Shawnee ša·wano·ki, literally, people of the south]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Shawnee - a member of the Algonquian people formerly living along the Tennessee riverShawnee - a member of the Algonquian people formerly living along the Tennessee river
Algonquian, Algonquin - a member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Algonquian language and originally living in the subarctic regions of eastern Canada; many Algonquian tribes migrated south into the woodlands from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast
2.Shawnee - the Algonquian language spoken by the Shawnee
Algonquian language, Algonquin, Algonquian - family of North American Indian languages spoken from Labrador to South Carolina and west to the Great Plains
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Prior to this, it and other nearby areas had been known as The Neosho Indian Agency, The Shawnee Indian Agency, and the Seneca Indian Agency.
The city of Chillicothe, Missouri, established in 1837, derives its name from the Shawnee Indian term for "our big town.
For more than a century, it has been popularly held that the Tri-State (Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky) and Michigan Shawnee Indian war chief, Blue Jacket, was actually a Caucasian and not a Native American.
Half Shawnee Indian, Wray was born in North Carolina but later lived in Europe, most recently in Copenhagen
These procedural barriers thwarted the efforts of five tribes seeking federal recognition: the James Group, the Golden Hills Paugussett Tribe, the Schagticoke Tribe, the United Tribe of Shawnee Indian, and the Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.