\ ə-ˈpa-chē How to pronounce Apache (audio) , in sense 3 ə-ˈpash How to pronounce Apache (audio) \
    plural Apache or Apaches\ ə-​ˈpa-​chēz How to pronounce Apache (audio) ; -​ˈpash , -​ˈpa-​shəz \

    Definition of Apache

    1 : a member of a group of American Indian peoples of the southwestern U.S.
    2 : any of the Athabascan languages of the Apache people
    3 not capitalized [French, from Apache Apache Indian]
    a : a member of a gang of criminals especially in Paris
    b : ruffian

    Other Words from Apache

    Apachean \ ə-​ˈpa-​chē-​ən How to pronounce Apache (audio) \ adjective or noun

    First Known Use of Apache

    1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

    History and Etymology for Apache

    American Spanish, perhaps from Zuni ʔa·paču Navajo, Apachean

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    “Apache.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Apache. Accessed 17 Nov. 2021.

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    English Language Learners Definition of Apache

    : a member of a Native American people of the southwestern U.S.


    \ ə-ˈpa-chē How to pronounce Apache (audio) \

    Kids Definition of Apache

    1 : a member of a tribe of indigenous people of the southwestern United States
    2 : any of the languages of the Apache people

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