1. Word forms: plural ˈCheroˌkees or ˈCheroˌkee a member of a North American Indian people formerly inhabiting a large area of the S Appalachian Mountains, now living in Oklahoma and North Carolina
2. the Iroquoian language of this people
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Word origin of 'Cherokee'< extinct dial. form of Cherokee tsalaki, a self-designation