Definition of Mahican in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈhēkən/
(also Mohican)

noun (plural same or Mahicans)

1A member of an American Indian people formerly inhabiting the Upper Hudson Valley in New York. Compare with Mohegan.
Example sentences
  • The US has hundreds of tribes of Native Americans, from the larger and familiar names of Apache, Sioux, Cherokee and Mohicans to the smaller and lesser-known Catawba, Kalispel and Quapaw.
  • Another ethnic group, the Mahicans, are descendants of American Indians who were brought to Saint David's Island from New York in the 1600s.
  • He even went to Boston and Plymouth to consolidate an alliance with the Sokoquis, the Pennacooks, and the Mahicans against the Iroquois.
2The Algonquian language of the Mahican.
Example sentences
  • The Indians of the lower Hudson Valley spoke a dialect identified as Munsee; those living along the river to the north spoke Mahican.
  • Munsee, Mahican and Unami were closely related to each other.


Relating to the Mahican or their language.
Example sentences
  • Edward Baldwin's upstate New York roots were identified by the Oneida, Mohawk, Mohican, and Iroquois lodes.
  • Long a supporter of missionary effort and an advocate of Christianizing and ‘civilizing ‘Indians, Edwards in 1751 became a missionary to Mahican and Mohawk Indians at Stockbridge, Massachusetts.’
  • The Mahican language is no longer spoken, but the young people are trying to learn all about their history.


The name in Mahican, meaning 'people of the estuary'.

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Syllabification: Ma·hi·can

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