Meaning of Arapaho in English:


Pronunciation /əˈrapəhəʊ/

nounplural noun Arapaho, plural noun Arapahos

  • 1A member of a North American people living chiefly on the Great Plains, especially in Wyoming.

    ‘Beginning in 1856, Oglalas, Cheyennes, Arapahos, and a few people from other Lakota tribes waged an all-out war on the Crows.’
    • ‘As for the western Indians, such as the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapahos, American settlers went around them to settle the California and Oregon.’
    • ‘Living on the High Plains had barely become comfortable for the Cheyennes and Arapahos when that life was interrupted by the great rush of Colorado gold seekers.’
    • ‘Once upon a time, among the Arapaho, there was a group of highly respected young men that served as messengers.’
  • 2mass noun The Algonquian language of the Arapaho, now almost extinct.

    ‘Arapaho is a tonal language.’
    • ‘The Arapaho language has changed rapidly over the centuries, and does not closely resemble other Algonquian languages in many ways.’
    • ‘No children are currently learning Arapaho as a first language spoken in the home.’


  • Relating to the Arapaho or their language.

    ‘In the Arapaho language, we referred to them as ‘those that fly.’’
    • ‘Custer's Crow scouts reported the encampment of more than two thousand Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho warriors that extended for four miles along the Little Bighorn River.’
    • ‘On December 21, 1866, the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors attacked a wood cutting party outside the Fort.’
    • ‘‘We're profoundly aware of the honor,’ museum Director W. Richard West, a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes and a Stanford-educated corporate lawyer, said at the opening.’
    • ‘Within this cosmology, material wealth and political influence meant little; rather the ‘ultimate Arapaho concern’ was ‘to generate life, to live to old age, enjoy health, and have various blessings’.’
    • ‘In 1865 he guided the column of General Patrick E. Connor from Fort Laramie up the Bozeman Trail in a march that culminated in the Battle of Tongue River and the destruction of an Arapaho village.’
    • ‘The first discoveries were on Battle Mountain, named for a battle between war parties of Ute and Arapaho Indians in 1849.’


From Crow alappahó, literally ‘many tattoo marks’.