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

  • n. A Native American people inhabiting the coastal area of California south of Los Angeles, associated during Spanish times with the missions of San Luis Rey and San Juan Capistrano.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The Uto-Aztecan language of the Luiseño.


American Spanish, from San Luis Rey de Francia, a mission in southern California.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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