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

  • n. A large North American Indian language family spoken from Lake Michigan to the Rocky Mountains and southward to Arkansas as well as in South Carolina.
  • n. A member of a Siouan-speaking people.

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  • adj. Of or relating to the Sioux people, culture or languages.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the Sioux or Dakotas; Dakotan.
  • n. The linguistic stock which embraces the Siouan languages and includes the languages of the Sioux or Dakota, Hidatsa, Crow, Mandan, Omaha, Ponca, Osage, Winnebago, Kansa, Quapaw, Iowa, Oto, Missouri, Biloxi, Tutelo, and Catawba.

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  • adj. of or relating to the Sioux people or their language and culture
  • n. a member of a group of North American Indian peoples who spoke a Siouan language and who ranged from Lake Michigan to the Rocky Mountains
  • n. a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Sioux


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

Siou(x) + -an1.


  • The term Siouan is the adjective denoting the "Sioux" Indians and cognate tribes.

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  • Their languages are part of a family that linguistic anthropologists call Siouan or Siouan-Catawban, which is still spoken on the Great Plains of the United States and parts of southern Canada.

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  • It stands apart from just about anything I've read and the language used, seamlessly fusing English with bits of a Siouan tongue, as Paha Sapa gradually becomes more familiar with the white man's world and the white man's nature.

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  • Descended mainly from Cheraw and related Siouan speakers, the Lumbee have occupied what is now Robeson County since the eighteenth century.

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  • The Catawba Nation was actually a military alliance of several Siouan tribes and remnants of tribes who had been decimated by war and disease, and joined the Catawba.

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  • Members of this tribe still live near the South Carolina coast, and are represented by the Chicora-Siouan Indian Nation near Andrews, South Carolina, and the Chicora-Waccamaw near Conway.

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  • After the Yamasee War they became known as the Catawba, which means "cut off," apparently referring to their being cut off from other Siouan tribes.

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  • Three major language families were represented in North Carolina: Iroquoian, Siouan, and Algonquian.

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  • The Catawba were a Siouan-speaking tribe of the Piedmont area at the time of the first European contact.

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  • In 1719 the Comanche were mentioned under their Siouan name living in what is now west Kansas.

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