Main meanings of ute in English

: ute1Ute2


Pronunciation /juːt/

Translate ute into Spanish


informal Australian, New Zealand
  • A utility vehicle; a pickup.

    • ‘ordinary families buy pickups and sport utes’
    • ‘Every year, Australians buy 70,000 utes and small pickups, about 9 percent of the vehicle market.’
    • ‘No motor vehicle has a more Australian heritage than the ute.’
    • ‘I saw her watching the men driving off in their utes, chainsaws at the ready.’
    • ‘There was a verandah out the front where we sipped our milkshakes and watched the utes driving past.’
    • ‘A lifeguard in a ute drove past and gave me a wave.’
    pickup truck, utility truck, utility vehicle


1940s abbreviation.

Main meanings of Ute in English

: ute1Ute2


Pronunciation /juːt/

Translate Ute into Spanish

nounplural noun Ute, plural noun Utes

  • 1A member of a North American people living chiefly in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico.

    ‘At times the Navajos were allied with the Spanish against other Indians, principally the Utes.’
    • ‘Among the Shoshones and Utes, twins were sometimes looked upon as a sign of impending bad luck.’
    • ‘Cultural familiarity, if not in this case ties of kinship, connected these Utes and New Mexicans, enabling the latter to establish themselves peacefully in Ute territory.’
    • ‘In Utah the territory's dominant tribe, the Utes, had lived for centuries close by Utah Lake.’
    • ‘Apparently it was a sacred place for the Utes who used to winter here.’
  • 2mass noun The Uto-Aztecan language of the Ute.

    ‘Her native language, Ute, is closely related to Shoshoni.’
    • ‘He spoke Ute at home, but as soon as they hit the school bus, and all day long, they spoke English.’
    • ‘The diminutive suffix is often used in Ute and Paiute to indicate youth or affection.’


  • Relating to the Ute or their language.

    ‘In the spring of 1784 a Ute headman named Ignacio caught wind of a party of New Mexicans heading north to build a settlement on land the Utes claimed as their own.’
    • ‘More than a thousand Utes, especially older people, also speak their native Ute language.’
    • ‘Many Ute children like to go hunting and fishing with their fathers.’


From Spanish Yuta; compare with Paiute.