Definition of Penobscot in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈnäbskət/ Pronunciation: /-ˌskät/

noun (plural same)

1A member of an American Indian people of the Penobscot River valley in Maine.
Example sentences
  • The party numbered braves from the Penobscot and Kennebec tribes.
  • Did the Penobscot move west and join with other Native Americans, or did they remain their own people?
  • The Penobscot made utensils out of wood or bark.
2The Algonquian language of the Penobscot, a dialect of Eastern Abnaki.
Example sentences
  • The Penobscot tribe once spoke Penobscot, a dialect of Abnaki.
  • Amanda said that at first she didn't want to learn Penobscot from someone who wasn't of the tribe but "because the language is very slim and few people speak it, I looked past that."


Relating to the Penobscot or their language.
Example sentences
  • Later, as a captive Indian's servant boy, he experienced life in a Penobscot village during his formative mid-teen adolescence.
  • I was raised in Cleveland, and these interlopers don't seem to know or care that the baseball team took its current name in 1915 to honor a popular outfielder, a Penobscot Indian from Maine.
  • Representatives of Maine's Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Indians, who assisted the Maliseets in their negotiations with the state, attended the ceremony.


From an Eastern Abnaki place name panáwahpskek 'where the rocks open out'.

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Syllabification: Pe·nob·scot

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