Main meanings of apache in English

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nounplural noun apaches/əˈpaʃ/ /apaʃ/

  • A violent troublemaker, originally in Paris.

    ‘Vintage apache depicted a tough guy throwing a woman around the stage.’
    • ‘They whirl out of the clinch, as in an apache dance.’
    • ‘Their battle is an apache dance, the black throwing the blond to the floor, the blond locking his legs around his opponent.’
    • ‘Although Verastique has only played one gay character - a fierce drag queen who performs an apache dance in Victor / Victoria - he feels that Broadway is becoming more progressive in its attitudes.’
    • ‘Next on the increasingly baffling agenda comes an apache dance for Bahiyah Sayyed-Gaines and Glenn A. Sims that is not merely gorgeous but also the one authentic moment in the piece.’
    • ‘Variete de Variete is more decorated, filled with allusions to recognizable dance forms - a tango, an apache dance - with even the hint of a specific milieu.’



/əˈpaʃ/ /apaʃ/


Early 20th century French, from Apache, by association with the reputed ferocity of the North American Indian people.

Main meanings of Apache in English

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Pronunciation /əˈpatʃi/

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nounplural noun Apache, plural noun Apaches

  • 1A member of a North American people living chiefly in New Mexico and Arizona. Under the leadership of Geronimo, the Apache were the last North American Indian people to be conquered by the European settlers.

    ‘Historically recorded groups include Apaches, Comanches, Kickapoos, and Kiowas.’
    • ‘The last holdouts were the Apaches of Arizona and New Mexico.’
    • ‘Scholars at one time assumed that the arrival of the Apaches and Navajos played a role in the abandonment of those ancient centers of civilization.’
    • ‘When Geronimo surrendered, a small group of Apaches escaped to the Sierra Madre of northern Mexico.’
    • ‘The Piper Geronimo conversion isn't totally confined to the original Apaches.’
    • ‘The white men who first encountered the Apaches incorrectly looked upon the Apaches as devil worshipers.’
    • ‘John Wayne plays Captain Kirby York, an experienced frontier officer who clashes with Fonda over the treatment of the Apaches.’
    • ‘We learned about the Apaches but not the Tohono O'odham; we heard a great deal about the Lakotas but nothing about the Walapais.’
    • ‘Ironically, Mowa Choctaw culture intersected with that of an even more famous group of dispossessed peoples, the Apaches.’
    • ‘Missing from most historical accounts in Mexico and the US is how Apaches and Yoemem were forced to engage in struggles for survival.’
    • ‘After a bitter internal struggle the Apaches turned down the deal.’
    • ‘Presumably the dioramas are referring to a different population, not the Apaches who shot at Rulfo's hero.’
    • ‘The imprints of the tribes such as the Navajo, Apache, Hopi and Zuni are visible on the land of Southwest.’
    • ‘The US has hundreds of tribes of Native Americans, from the larger and familiar names of Apache, Sioux, Cherokee and Mohicans to the smaller and lesser-known Catawba, Kalispel and Quapaw.’
    • ‘Students turn their attention to the study of American Indian tribes, including the Hopi, Navajo, Apache and others.’
    • ‘Perched high on an escarpment above the Cibolo creek floodplain, this area was once an important hunting area for Apache and later the Comanche peoples.’
  • 2mass noun Any of the Athabaskan languages of the Apache, which have about 14,000 speakers altogether, though some are virtually extinct.

    ‘He even said two Apache elders had been invited to help to translate passages of the script into Apache.’
    • ‘Tracking and awareness are the same word in Apache.’
    • ‘Moving through the boys, Mike made quiet greetings with his relatives in Spanish, English, and Apache.’
    • ‘Regarding Apache language ability, most (95%) respondents 40 years of age and over speak Apache, compared to 41% of respondents age 39 and under; 88% of those 30 years and over speak Apache compared to 28% of those under 30.’
    • ‘I do not speak Apache fluently, but I think I have a fairly good grasp of some aspects of it.’


  • Relating to the Apache or their language.

    ‘Bona fide featurettes include spots on the evolution of the story of the movie, the actual filming, casting the film, the score, and a bit about the Apache language.’
    • ‘At one time an Army scout fluent in the Apache language, Horn has been credited with mediating the surrender of the great chief Geronimo to General Nelson A. Miles.’
    • ‘Call me Geronimo, most famous of all Apache medicine men, but that is a name the Mexican soldiers gave to me; originally I was called Goyathlay, or, One Who Yawns.’
    • ‘The author also provides some great reading on cavalry life and low-intensity combat with the Navajo and Apache nations in the west between the Mexican and Civil Wars.’
    • ‘Before long their director was sending us to the Navajo and Apache reservations to share our music.’
    • ‘John Russell is a white man who was raised by Apache Indians, and as an adult still finds himself most comfortable living amongst the Indian community.’
    • ‘However, in 1848, he decided to temporarily abandon the mine because of attacks by Apache Indians.’
    • ‘It dates from the days when Apache Indian raids were a daily concern.’
    • ‘We had lunch at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, a gorgeous resort hotel owned by the Apache nation.’
    • ‘No consideration was given to the fact that most Apache hostilities were self-defense or retaliation, and that they'd first been raided by the New Mexicans.’


From Mexican Spanish, probably from Zuni Apachu, literally ‘enemy’.