Definition of Massachusett in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmasəˈCHo͞osit/
(also Massachuset)


1 (plural same or Massachusetts) A member of an extinct North American Indian people, formerly found in eastern Massachusetts.
Example sentences
  • In 1623, Myles Standish decapitated Wituwamat, a Massachusett Indian accused of conspiring to destroy the English settlements, and stuck his head on a pole outside of Plymouth's fort.
  • Alice's husband, Thomas, was a Massachusett Indian from Agawam on the mainland.
  • His considerable feat was to translate the bible (Old and New Testaments) into the language of the Massachusett Indian.
2The Algonquian language of the Massachusett.
Example sentences
  • People on the Cape and islands spoke Massachusett, and people in what are today Rhode Island and Connecticut spoke Narragansett.
  • The Wampanoag spoke Massachusett, a language they shared with the Massachusett and Pawtucket Indians to the north.
  • But the language was Massachusett, nonetheless, as can be seen from wills, grave markers, transfers of land, and bills of sale written in it during the 1600s and 1700s.

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Syllabification: Mas·sa·chu·sett

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