Definitions

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

  • n. A Native American people formerly inhabiting eastern Rhode Island and southeast Massachusetts, including Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, with present-day descendants in this same area.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The Algonquian language of the Wampanoag, a variety of Massachusett.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Native American tribe located in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
  • proper n. The extinct Algonquin language of the Wampanoag tribe.
  • proper n. A current Native American nation currently consisting of five affiliated tribes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the Algonquian people of Rhode Island and Massachusetts who greeted the Pilgrims

Etymologies

Narragansett, those of the east.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Massachusett Wôpanâak, wôpanâak (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Wampanoag were the first Native Americans to adopt an alphabetic writing system, which meant that they left behind many 17th and 18th-century legal documents.

    Nataly Kelly: A Language Comes Home for Thanksgiving

  • Like other Algonquians in southern New England, the Wampanoag were a horticultural people.

    History of American Women

  • The board will also help Patrick enter an agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag, which is given a preference under the law to open a casino in Southeastern Massachusetts.

    Boston.com Top Stories

  • "We'd like to think that because we are natives and from Massachusetts, it would make good business sense to say the Wampanoag are the ones to get first consideration for a casino in Massachusetts," Tobey said.

    Boston.com Top Stories

  • Recognition is a good thing, as the Wampanoag are the folks who facilitated the survival of the Plymouth pilgrims.

    Planet Moron

  • "Wampanoag," answered the other, with a fierce flashing of his eagle eye; and laying his hand firmly on his breast, "the night the snows were red with the blood of my people, is here! my mind is dark: none of my race have since looked upon the place where the lodges of the Narragansetts stood, and yet it hath never been hid from our sight.

    The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish

  • "Wampanoag," rejoined Conanchet, fiercely, "I have scorched the spot with the lodges of the Yengeese.

    The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish

  • In Massachusetts, the leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe on Cape Cod, which is seeking to build a billion-dollar casino, stepped aside recently and apologized for lying about his military record.

    STILES - Fugitive Accused of Raping Child Caught

  • Wampanoag, hand-picked him as his successor for tribal chief.

    Media Coverage aPRIL 2009

  • Indian affairs endorsing federal recognition for the Wampanoag tribe,

    Valor database idea stirs interest

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