Definition of Potawatomi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpädəˈwädəmē/

noun (plural same or Potawatomis)

1A member of an American Indian people living originally around Lake Michigan.
Example sentences
  • These Indians, such as the Shawnees, Ottawas, and the Potawatomis, were shocked and disappointed when the French capitulated and ceded Canada in 1760.
  • Interestingly, according to Vogel, Senega snakeroot was ‘the chief remedy for heart trouble among the Potawatomis and Meskwakis‘.
  • The French generally enjoyed good relations with nations such as the Ojibwa and the Potawatomi so long as trade goods were readily available and reasonably priced.
2The Algonquian language of the Potawatomi.


Relating to the Potawatomi or their language.
Example sentences
  • The United States also managed to gain three million acres of Delaware and Potawatomi land in Indiana through the Treaty of Fort Wayne.
  • Of these, certain sites clearly reflect multiple components widely separated in time, as at Carroll College, where effigy mounds clearly predate the contiguous nineteenth-century Potawatomi corn hills by several hundred years.
  • This census reveals the shifting locations of between six and 10 Potawatomi villages and the number of occupants who resided in them.


The name in Ojibwa.

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Syllabification: Pot·a·wat·o·mi

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