Definition of Kiowa in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkīəwə/ /ˈkaɪəwə/

nounKiowa, Kiowas

  • 1A member of a North American people of the southern plains of the US, now living mainly in Oklahoma.

    • ‘On the southern plains, a war in 1868-69 forced Cheyennes, Kiowas, and Comanches to new reservations.’
    • ‘From there they would repair telegraph lines, escort traders and pioneers, and, if necessary, fight the Cheyenne and their allies the Comanches and Kiowas.’
    • ‘My people the Kiowas, like all Indian people, are a very spiritual people.’
    • ‘Fighting the Kiowas was not like fighting the Sheepeaters, which was not like fighting the Apaches.’
    • ‘Some scholars believe that a small group of Jumanos became the foundation of the Kiowas in Texas.’
  • 2The language of the Kiowa, related to the Tanoan group.

    ‘I do not speak Kiowa, and I never understood her prayers, but there was something inherently sad in the sound, some merest hesitation upon the syllables of sorrow.’
    ‘She readily learned to speak Kiowa and soon forgot her native tongue.’


  • Relating to the Kiowa or their language.

    • ‘Unlike many of his young Indian peers, Rogers' Kiowa grandparents believed in serving more traditional foods, including berries, deer, and fish.’
    • ‘A half-dozen Blackhawks and twice as many heavily armed Kiowa scouts indicated right away we would have a long wait for lunch.’
    • ‘Some motifs traditionally are associated with a single tribe, such as the leaf, which was used as a central motif by Kiowa women.’
    • ‘Just before noon, two Kiowa helicopters skimmed in over the rooftops, and rockets streaked into the villa.’
    • ‘Two Kiowa helicopters were damaged, but the pilots were not injured.’


From American Spanish Caygua, from Kiowa kɔ́ygú (plural).



/ˈkīəwə/ /ˈkaɪəwə/