Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An Indian chief.

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  • noun historical A chief of an American Indian tribe in colonial Virginia and Maryland.

Etymologies

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Apparently from Powhatan.

Examples

  • And, before the snows of the succeeding winter had melted, he had become a Brave and a werowance [A].

    Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3)

  • The [v] werowance of the [v] Paspaheghs rose to his feet, cast aside his mantle, and began to speak.

    The Literary World Seventh Reader

  • The werowance spoke again, pointing to the hills which were dimly seen through the mist.

    The Literary World Seventh Reader

  • The werowance of the Paspaheghs was one that sailed with the wind; he listened to the deepening sound and glanced at the son of Powhatan where he stood, calm and confident, then smoothed his own countenance and made

    The Literary World Seventh Reader

  • Presently I rose and, making my way to the werowance of the village, where he sat with his eyes fixed on the spectacle, told him that I was wearied and would go to my hut, to rest for the few hours that yet remained of the night.

    The Literary World Seventh Reader

  • The werowance, standing out from the throng, lifted his voice.

    The Literary World Seventh Reader

  • To him the posture was one unfitting to the dignity of a mighty werowance, ruler over thirty tribes and lord of sixty villages.

    The Princess Pocahontas

  • Evidently the priests were giving the werowance some advice.

    The Princess Pocahontas

  • But the werowance would not listen to her pleadings and ordered her angrily away.

    The Princess Pocahontas

  • The great werowance had returned his thanks to his brother and the bearers of his gifts were just leaving when Pocahontas rushed in to her father's lodge half breathless with eagerness.

    The Princess Pocahontas

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