noun, plural Shaw·nees, (especially collectively) Shaw·nee.

  1. a member of an Algonquian-speaking tribe formerly in the east-central U.S., now in Oklahoma.
  2. the Algonquian language of the Shawnee tribe.
  3. a town in E Kansas.
  4. a city in central Oklahoma.


  1. plural -nees or -nee a member of a North American Indian people formerly living along the Tennessee River
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family

Algonquian people, probably originally from what is now southern Ohio, 1670s, from Munsee sawanow, from Shawnee /ša:wanwa/, the people’s self-designation, literally “person of the south.”

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