Meaning of Papago in English:


nounplural noun Papago, plural noun Papagos

  • 1

    Former term for Tohono O'odham (sense 1 of the noun)

    ‘For the Navajo, Hopi, Papago and other Native Americans already living in the Southwest, the land was sacred.’
    • ‘The world first came knocking in the 17th century, with Spanish explorers who labeled them the Papago, roughly translated as ‘bean eaters.’’
    • ‘Reconstructed traditional houses of the Apache, Maricopa, Papago, and Pima are on display at the Gila River Arts and Crafts Museum in Sacaton, Arizona, south of Phoenix.’
    • ‘Papagos make wooden carved figures, pottery pieces, and baskets. Their pottery is rustic, but however their best and most fine hand-crafted pieces are baskets; the ‘coritas’, made of palm leaves and torote (desert plants that women collect, prepare and weave).’
  • 2mass noun The Uto-Aztecan language of the Tohono O'odham, a form of Pima.

    Also called Tohono O'odham (sense 2 of the noun)

    ‘Tohono O'odham (formerly Papago) is spoken in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.’
    • ‘Informally, our proposal is that while English has only one form of plurality, Papago has two: one based on identity and the other on equivalence.’



/ˈpapəɡəʊ/ /ˈpɑːpəɡəʊ/


Via Spanish, from Pima-Papago ba:bawĭ-ʔóʔodham, literally ‘bean people’.