Definition of Hidatsa in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɪˈdatsə/

noun (plural same or Hidatsas)

1A member of an American Indian people living on the upper Missouri River.
Example sentences
  • He met the Crows in June 1805 at the Knife River villages of the Mandans and Hidatsas on the upper Missouri.
  • Extended stays at Fort McKenzie and Fort Union and a five-month visit among the Mandans and Hidatsas afforded an unprecedented opportunity to document the people, traditions, and history of the upper Missouri region.
  • Five years prior to the corps' arrival, the Hidatsas had captured Sacagawea from the Shoshones near the Three Forks.
2 [mass noun] The Siouan language of the Hidatsa, now almost extinct.
Example sentences
  • Hidatsa, like many languages, is on the verge of vanishing and taking with it crucial linguistic and cultural data.


Relating to the Hidatsa or their language.
Example sentences
  • Described as ‘the central marketplace of the Northern Plains,’ the five Mandan and Hidatsa villages attracted many Europeans and Indians alike.
  • In Hidatsa households, men with many ‘children’ were materially better off than those with few or no ‘children,’ and assimilation of war captives into various clans was rapid.
  • From the Hidatsa towns, Larocque traveled with his hosts southwest to the Powder River, then up what is today Clear Creek to the base of the Bighorns.


From Hidatsa hiratsa 'willow wood lodge'.

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