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

  • n. A Native American people formerly inhabiting western New York from Seneca Lake to Lake Erie, with present-day populations in this same area and in southeast Ontario. The Seneca are the westernmost member of the original Iroquois confederacy.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The Iroquoian language of the Seneca.
  • Seneca, Lucius Annaeus Known as "the Younger.” 4 B.C.?-A.D. 65. Roman Stoic philosopher, writer, and tutor of Nero. His works include treatises on rhetoric and governance and numerous plays that influenced Renaissance and Elizabethan drama.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. a Roman cognomen, notably borne by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a Roman stoic philosopher, dramatist, and statesman.
  • proper n. A tribe of native Americans in western New York state.
  • proper n. The Iroquoian language of the Seneca.
  • n. A person of Seneca heritage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of an Indian tribe which formed part of the former Iroquois confederacy of the Five Nations.
  • n. [lowercase] Same as senega.

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

  • n. a member of the Iroquoian people formerly living in New York State south of Lake Ontario
  • n. the Iroquoian language spoken by the Seneca
  • n. Roman statesman and philosopher who was an advisor to Nero; his nine extant tragedies are modeled on Greek tragedies (circa 4 BC - 65 AD)


From Dutch Sennecaas, probably of Mahican origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Seneca. (Wiktionary)



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