narragansett


noun, plural Nar·ra·gan·setts, (especially collectively) Nar·ra·gan·sett.

  1. a member of a North American Indian tribe of the Algonquian family formerly located in Rhode Island but now almost extinct.
  2. an Algonquian language, the language of the Narragansett Indians.
  3. a town in S Rhode Island: includes a resort (Narragansett Pier).

noun

  1. -sett or -setts a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in Rhode Island
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family

1622, from southern New England Algonquian Naiaganset “(people) of the small point of land,” containing nai- “a point or angle.” Originally in reference to the native people, later to the place in Rhode Island.

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