Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Native American culture flourishing in southern Colorado and Utah and northern New Mexico and Arizona from about A.D. 100, whose descendants are considered to include the present-day Pueblo peoples. Anasazi culture includes an early Basket Maker phase and a later Pueblo phase marked by the construction of cliff dwellings and by expert artisanship in weaving and pottery.
  • n. A member of a people sharing this culture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a Native American people who once lived in cliff-dwellings in Utah and Colorado.
  • proper n. The language once spoken by these people.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Native American who lived in what is now southern Colorado and Utah and northern Arizona and New Mexico and who built cliff dwellings

Etymologies

Navajo anaasází, from anaa' bizází, enemy's ancestors : anaa', enemy + bizází, ancestors.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Navajo anaasází ("enemy ancestors, ancient enemy"), from anaaʼí ("enemy") + bizází ("their ancestors") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thanks to its near-perfect location a block from the Plaza and its seamless service, the Anasazi is an ideal home base.

    Head to Head

  • As a result, the glory of Rome or the magesty of the Anasazi is probably cooler in my imagination than it looked in real life.

    More workplace asshattery and "Grey Gardens"

  • (Apparently it finally registered on someone that using a term coined by the culture's bitter rivals -- Anasazi is a Navajo term for "ancient enemies" -- was not exactly appropriate.)

    The people of Frijoles Canyon

  • "Anasazi" is a Navajo word best translated as "the ancient ones.

    Old Rice/New Rice....Old Beans/New Beans

  • The Spaniards, on arriving in the area some 400 years ago, met the Pueblo people who live in New Mexico still, but before the Pueblos came the people long called the Anasazi, but now known simply as the Ancestral Pueblo people.

    The people of Frijoles Canyon

  • Are you trying to tell me the Anasazi were the original Village People?

    HH Com 156

  • It's called Anasazi soup and I will happily share the recipe.

    1999-11-18 01:07:53

  • The Anasazi is a little more all around technical whereas the VS is for the steepness.

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  • The Anasazi is a all around good shoe with great friction, I personally do not like the Anasazi because the heal cup fits me weird.

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  • The Anasazi is a good all around shoe that will work pretty good at just about everything.

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