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n. pl. Seminole or Sem·i·noles
1. A member of a Native American people made up of various primarily Creek groups who moved into northern Florida during the 1700s and 1800s, later inhabiting the Everglades region as well, with present-day populations in Oklahoma and southern Florida. The Seminole Wars ended in the removal of the majority of the Seminoles to Indian Territory.
2. Either of the Muskogean languages of the Seminole.
[Alteration of Seminolie, from Creek simalóoni, simanóoli, runaway, from American Spanish cimarrón; see maroon1.]
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npl -noles or -nole
1. (Peoples) a member of a North American Indian people consisting of Creeks who moved into Florida in the 18th century
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Muskhogean family
[from Creek simanó-li fugitive, from American Spanish cimarrón runaway]
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n., pl. -noles, (esp. collectively) -nole.
1. a member of any of several groupings of American Indians comprising emigrants from the territories of the Creek confederacy to Florida, or their descendants in Florida and Oklahoma.
2. either of the Muskogean languages spoken by the Seminoles, comprising Mikasuki and the Florida or Seminole dialect of Creek.
[1763, Amer.; earlier Semiolilie, Seminolie < Creek simanó·li wild, runaway]
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|Noun||1.||Seminole - a member of the Muskhogean people who moved into Florida in the 18th century|
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