Definition of Narragansett in English:


Syllabification: Nar·ra·gan·sett
Pronunciation: /ˌnarəˈgansit
(also Narraganset)

noun (plural same or Narragansetts)

  • 1A member of an American Indian people originally of Rhode Island. They came into conflict with the New England colonists in the 17th century, and few now remain.
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    • In March, the western Indians began negotiating for peace while the Wampanoags and Narragansetts returned to their homelands in search of food.
    • Later, during King Philip's War, the colonists battled the Narragansetts with the aid of Mohegan fighters.
    • This New England minister's wife was captured by Narragansetts in 1676 and held for eleven weeks before she was ransomed, later publishing an account of her experiences.
  • 2The Algonquian language of the Narragansett.


the name in Narragansett, literally 'people of the promontory'.

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