Definition of Cayuga in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkeɪjuːɡə/
Pronunciation: /ˈkʌɪjuːɡə/

noun (plural same or Cayugas)

1A member of an American Indian people, one of the five of the original Iroquois confederacy, formerly inhabiting part of New York State.
Example sentences
  • The Oneidas subsequently joined, and later the Cayugas and Senecas.
  • The stock was issued to get the Cayugas to allow Empire to build one or more hotels that would complement the casino on taxable property off the raceway site, he said.
  • Among the Cayuga of New York state, the rules of a game of chance called dish, which were documented in the late nineteenth century, clearly demonstrate that the players understood the laws of probability.
2 [mass noun] The extinct Iroquoian language of the Cayuga.
Example sentences
  • The Cherokee language belongs to the Iroquoian family of languages and is therefore related to Mohawk, Seneca, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, and Tuscarora, among others.
  • The Oneida language belongs to the Iroquoian language family, which also includes the Mohawk, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca tongues.
  • Reader ‘Lewsdarren’ suggests any affected sports team could change its name to the Ohdroht, which means ‘kind of scary’ in the Cayuga language.


Relating to the Cayuga or their language.
Example sentences
  • In July 1999, after Cayuga County broke off settlement talks with the Cayuga tribe, tribal officials announced that they would seek to evict 7,000 landowners.
  • The reason, publishers said, was because members of the Cayuga Nation believed the essay unfairly analyzed the Cayuga land claim case.
  • ‘Susan is fascinating,’ says Linda Spielman, coordinator of the Cayuga group.


From an Iroquoian place name.

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