Definitions

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

  • n. A Native American people formerly located on the lower Mississippi River near present-day Natchez. The Natchez ceased to exist as a people after war with the French in the early 18th century.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The language of the Natchez.
  • A city of southwest Mississippi on the Mississippi River southwest of Vicksburg. Founded as a fortified settlement in 1716, it was held successively by France, Great Britain, Spain, and the United States. Natchez prospered as the southern terminus of the Natchez Trace, a road connecting the city with Nashville, Tennessee, that was commercially and strategically important until the early 19th century. Population: 17,200.

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  • n. A Native American of a particular tribe of Mississippi.
  • proper n. The language isolate spoken by the Natchez.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A tribe of Indians who formerly lived near the site of the city of Natchez, Mississippi. In 1729 they were subdued by the French; the survivors joined the Creek Confederacy.

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

  • n. a town in southwest Mississippi on the Mississippi River

Etymologies

French, from Natchez.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • NATCHEZ - When a health sciences student at Co-Lin in Natchez campus needs to do his lab check-off, he has to step into what used to be a closet.

    The Natchez Democrat

  • Interesting Mississippi story - Hubby and I were vacationing in Natchez when a lovely bookstore owner handed me her first three copies.

    I Ramble When Sleepy...(copy)

  • Dalby, born and raised in Natchez, MS, is from a tourist town that allows 24/7 drink.

    Waltzing at the Piggly Wiggly (Discussion)

  • Another day, in Natchez, Mississippi, I watched a Memorial Day parade that consisted almost exclusively of African American veterans and spectators — someone onboard later explained that this holiday, formerly called Decoration Day to commemorate the Union dead, is still considered an impolite reminder of times past, and not everyone participates.

    In Twain’s Wake

  • Davis describes the economic impact of slave labor in Natchez: "Students of Natchez history contend that district planters ranked among the richest slave masters in the South as well as -- in many cases -- the nation's wealthiest citizens."

    Marge Baroni: The Awakening of Activism

  • Describing the evolution of 20th century race relations in Natchez, John Dittmer in Local People wrote:

    Marge Baroni: The Awakening of Activism

  • Before World War II, race relations in Natchez resembled the paternalism of the old regime, with organizations like the NAACP tolerated as long as blacks did not challenge the caste system.

    Marge Baroni: The Awakening of Activism

  • With a substantial white working-class base, the Ku Klux Klan, under the leadership of E.L. McDaniel, was stronger in Natchez than in any other Mississippi community, even McComb.

    Marge Baroni: The Awakening of Activism

  • During this decade she established important relationships with such local activists as Father William Morrissey, a Josephite priest and the white pastor of the black Catholic church in Natchez, and others, such as Mamie Lee Mazique, activist and member of the parish.

    Marge Baroni: The Awakening of Activism

  • The couple would live in Natchez for the rest of Marge's life.

    Marge Baroni: The Awakening of Activism

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