noun: apache
plural noun: apaches

a violent street ruffian, originally in Paris.


Origin of Apache

early 20th century: French, from Apache, by association with the reputed ferocity of the North American Indian people.



noun: Apache
plural noun: Apache
plural noun: Apaches

  1. a member of a North American people living chiefly in New Mexico and Arizona. The Apache put up fierce resistance to the European settlers and were, under the leadership of Geronimo, the last North American Indian people to be conquered.
  2. any of the Athabaskan languages of the Apache, which have about 14,000 speakers altogether, though some are virtually extinct.

adjective: Apache

relating to the Apache or their language.


Origin of Apache

from Mexican Spanish, probably from Zuni Apachu, literally ‘enemy’.

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