noun, plural O·nei·das, (especially collectively) O·nei·da for 1.

  1. a member of an Iroquois people formerly inhabiting the region east of Oneida Lake.
  2. the Iroquoian language spoken by the Oneida Indians.
  3. a city in central New York.

noun plural -das or -da

  1. Lake Oneida a lake in central New York State: part of the New York State Barge Canal system. Length: about 35 km (22 miles). Greatest width: 9 km (6 miles)
  2. the Oneida (functioning as plural) a North American Indian people formerly living east of Lake Ontario; one of the Iroquois peoples
  3. a member of this people
  4. the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family

Iroquois tribe of upper N.Y. state, who later moved in part to Wisconsin, 1666, named for its principal settlement, from Oneida onenyote’, literally “erected stone,” containing -neny- “stone” and -ot- “to stand.”

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