Definition of Sahaptian in English:

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Pronunciation: /säˈhaptēən/

Entry from US English dictionary


Denoting, belonging to, or relating to a family of American Indian languages, including Nez Percé and Sahaptin, spoken in southern Washington, northern Oregon, and central Idaho.
Example sentences
  • They speak a Sahaptian dialect of the Penutian language family, which is common among other Plateau groups in the mid-Columbia River region.


The Sahaptian family of languages.
Example sentences
  • The Columbia Gorge's native traders spoke languages belonging to one of three major families: Salishan, Sahaptian, or Chinookan.

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Syllabification: Sa·hap·ti·an

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