Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Powhatan 1 Originally Wahunsonacock. 1550?-1618. Algonquian leader who founded the Powhatan confederacy and maintained peaceful relations with English colonists after the marriage of his daughter Pocahontas to John Rolfe (1614).
  • n. A confederacy of Native American peoples of eastern Virginia in the 16th and 17th centuries, with present-day descendants in the same area.
  • n. A member of this confederacy.
  • n. The Algonquian language of the Powhatan, a dialect of Virginia Algonquian.

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  • n. Indian chief and founder of the Powhatan confederacy of tribes in eastern Virginia; father of Pocahontas (1550?-1618)
  • n. a member of the Algonquian people who formerly lived in eastern Virginia
  • n. the Algonquian language of the Powhatan

Etymologies

After Powhatan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In 1998 and 1999, a 17-year-old male held at Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center in Powhatan County was investigated by state police for sex offenses with female staff there.

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  • As the Powhatan was a king then his daughter was a princess, and as such must be treated with all respect.

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  • That was undoubtedly the point of vantage, but The Powhatan was a much dreaded werowance and they dared not risk his ire.

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  • Obtaining there a good supply of food from the Indians, they returned to the Jamestown settlement, about forty miles up the river, then called Powhatan, now known as the James.

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  • To place him more advantageously the President sent to Powhatan, offering to buy the place called Powhatan, promising to defend him against the Monacans, to pay him in copper, and make a general alliance of trade and friendship.

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  • President, to the Falls, to the little Powhatan, where, unknown to me, he sold me to him for a town called Powhatan; and, leaving me with him, the little Powhatan, he made known to Capt.

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  • Smith, our President, to the Falls, to the little Powhatan, where, unknown to me, he sold me to him for a town called Powhatan; and, leaving me with him, the little

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  • To place him more advantageously the President sent to Powhatan, offering to buy the place called Powhatan, promising to defend him against the

    Captain John Smith

  • To Powhatan ample presents were made of penny-knives, shears, and toys, and he invited them to visit him at one of his seats called Powhatan, which was within a mile of the Falls, where now stands the city of

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  • Powhatan, for the purchase of his place called Powhatan, which he was willing to accept; but the disorderly spirits he had sent thither, who were dreaming that the country immediately above them was full of gold, to which they wished no one to have access but themselves, refused the place or to ratify the contract, despising alike his kindness and his authority.

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