Meaning of Sioux in English:


Pronunciation /suː/

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nounplural noun Sioux

another term for the Dakota people of North America or their language. See Dakota
‘Before long the Sioux, who can't speak English, let alone French, finds himself fighting for survival on the streets of Marseille.’
  • ‘I don't know if Congress included representatives of the Sioux in their deliberations when the legislation was discussed.’
  • ‘North Dakota's mascot, by the way, is the fighting Sioux.’
  • ‘The Sioux ruled an enormous grassland empire, from Canada to Missouri, from Minnesota to Montana.’
  • ‘His family settled there in the 1880s about a decade after the Sioux beat Custer.’
  • ‘As Wakefield learned firsthand, the Sioux's patience was not without limits.’
  • ‘The Wasase is a ceremony that we adopted from the Sioux more than 200 years ago.’
  • ‘The forest Sioux of northern Minnesota were already on the retreat before the first white men came in 1660.’
  • ‘This mine, which has been in nearly continual operation since the Sioux were driven out of the mountains, has generated more than a billion dollars in revenue.’
  • ‘Certain kinds of actions by the tribal council, however, are subject to the authority of the secretary of the interior of the U.S. government, a reminder that the Sioux are not alone in their land.’
  • ‘The Crows sprang to the attack, swarming over the embattled Sioux who had no time to reload their weapons.’
  • ‘The Sioux understandably resented the invasion of their territory, and the United States Army made largely ineffectual efforts to deter the horde of gold seekers.’
  • ‘The Santee's culture was not only disrupted, the Sioux gradually found themselves dependent on trade goods, which made them easy prey for the white merchants.’
  • ‘Who shall blame the Sioux for defending themselves, their wives and children, when attacked in their own encampment and threatened with destruction?’
  • ‘The Sioux must now get permission from the National Park Service to go onto their own sacred land, officially known as Devils Tower National Monument.’
  • ‘Custer reasoned that dragging the guns and ammunition over mountain trails would have decreased his speed and ruined his chances of finding the elusive Sioux.’
  • ‘Friendly Sioux camped nearby hailed the boat as it landed and took hold of the docking ropes, demanding that the vessel's captain treat them to presents.’
  • ‘Although suffering from hunger because of a prolonged drought and government cutbacks in their rations, the Sioux were not taking up arms.’
  • ‘Early in the battle, the advancing Sioux stampeded their horses.’
  • ‘Back at the village, O'Meara comes to the realization that he is not really a Sioux.’


  • Relating to the Sioux or their language.

    ‘American Indian of Sioux tribe, Billy Mills, won a race for the first time in his life.’
    • ‘Yesterday, President Runningbear began talks with Apache and Sioux tribes in an effort to persuade other Native American nations to join the cause.’
    • ‘Smith connects Sioux history with other Plains Indians' experience.’
    • ‘Minnehaha, while widely reported to mean ‘laughing waters’ in the Sioux language, actually means ‘falling waters.’’
    • ‘Ojibwa and Sioux fighting extended over a 100-year period until separate reservations were established.’
    • ‘He then left the world of allopathic medicine entirely, to go off to an Indian reservation in South Dakota to study with a Sioux medicine man and learn about herbal medicine and ritual healing.’
    • ‘I am a Lakota Indian from the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.’
    • ‘The tail of nearly every Sioux horse is tied with a strip of red stroud cloth as a sign of war.’
    • ‘After the war General Custer and the 7th Cavalry were sent to the Black Hills of the Dakotas, the most remote part of Sioux reservation.’
    • ‘In historical fact, Black Elk spent his adult life as a devoutly Catholic evangelist and catechist among the Lakota Sioux Indians.’
    • ‘I am very pleased to have experienced the month that I spent with the Sioux Indians in South Dakota.’
    • ‘The bride's father is named as ‘Little Chief’ of the Ogallala band of Sioux Indians.’
    • ‘At various times the boy has told us that he ran away from school to join a carnival, was descended from Sioux Indians, was an orphan and had been a hobo.’
    • ‘O'Meara heads west, into Sioux territory, where he meets an elderly Indian scout named Walking Coyote, who is returning to his tribe so he can die in peace.’
    • ‘The presentation demonstrated that Sioux migrants tended to move to Chicago in family groups while Chippewa people were younger, single, and more often female.’
    • ‘In 1994, Miracle the White Buffalo, a sacred figure of Sioux prophecy and a symbol of hope, renewal and harmony, was born at a family farm in Janesville.’
    • ‘Puberty is often accompanied by fasting, as for example among Sioux boys and some Africans, while Orthodox Jews fast before the marriage ceremony.’
    • ‘Frazier's unsentimental portrait of Sioux culture also exposes the confines of his own Caucasian world.’
    • ‘Like every Sioux child, Bad Heart Bull grew up hearing and drawing the stories told by his father and uncles.’
    • ‘Sayers is enrolled in a Sioux tribe in South Dakota that has no influence with the Minnesota tribe.’


North American French, from Nadouessioux from Ojibwa (Ottawa dialect) nātowēssiwak, by substitution of the French plural ending -x for the Ojibwa plural -ak.