What does Cherokee mean?

Definitions for Cherokee
ˈtʃɛr əˌkiChero·kee

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Cherokee(noun)

    the Iroquoian language spoken by the Cherokee

  2. Cherokee(noun)

    a member of an Iroquoian people formerly living in the Appalachian Mountains but now chiefly in Oklahoma


  1. Cherokee(Noun)

    A member of this people.

  2. Cherokee(ProperNoun)

    An indigenous North American people.

  3. Cherokee(ProperNoun)

    Their Iroquoian language, still spoken in Oklahoma and North Carolina.

  4. Cherokee(ProperNoun)

    A syllabary for the Cherokee language invented by Sequoyah.


  1. Cherokee

    The Cherokee are a Native American people historically settled in the Southeastern United States. Their language is an Iroquoian language. In the 19th century, historians and ethnographers recorded their oral tradition that told of the tribe having migrated south in ancient times from the Great Lakes region, where other Iroquoian-speaking peoples were located. They began to have contact with European traders in the 18th century. In the 19th century, white settlers in the United States called the Cherokee one of the "Five Civilized Tribes", because they had assimilated numerous cultural and technological practices of European American settlers. The Cherokee were one of the first, if not the first, major non-European ethnic group to become U.S. citizens. Article 8 in the 1817 treaty with the Cherokee stated Cherokees may wish to become citizen of the United States. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the Cherokee Nation has more than 300,000 members, the largest of the 565 federally recognized Native American tribes in the United States. Of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes, the Cherokee Nation and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians have headquarters in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The UKB are mostly descendants of "Old Settlers", Cherokee who migrated to Arkansas and Oklahoma about 1817. The Cherokee Nation are related to the people who were forcibly relocated there in the 1830s under the Indian Removal Act. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is located on the Qualla Boundary in western North Carolina.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cherokee in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cherokee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Cherokee in a Sentence

  1. Bo Taylor:

    Ha-DEE. cherokee, it goes to the core of who we are.

  2. Richard Fields:

    There's a very large volume of opioids being distributed in the Cherokee territory -- sufficiently large to be shocking.

  3. Chuck Hoskin:

    Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong.

  4. Bo Taylor:

    I cannot emphasize enough this first class, these first kids, these parents that were willing to risk their child's futures and gamble with the belief that Cherokee was important, that's amazing because they were guinea pigs.

  5. President Andrew Jackson:

    For our government to hold Andrew Jackson up to some reverence today, given our nation's better appreciation of American history today than generations ago, is very troubling, for the Cherokee people, Andrew Jackson represents the period of Indian removal.

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