Definition of Pequot in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpēkwät/

noun (plural same or Pequots)

1A member of an American Indian people of southern New England.
Example sentences
  • With the advent of war, Plymouth gained support from New England's other colonies and from Mohegans, Pequots, and many Christian Indians.
  • They also sought to help Pequots and other Indians recover from a lifetime of negative stereotypes about ‘savages’ in classrooms, museums, and popular culture.
  • The history of the Pequots, like the history of the Chippewa that her novels relate, cannot be told as a single story along clean lines.
2The Algonquian language of the Pequot, closely related to Mohegan.


Relating to the Pequot or their language.
Example sentences
  • During the Pequot War, the colonists' Narragansett and Mohegan allies offered Pequot heads as gifts.
  • The four-lobed medallion is another symbolic motif often found on Mohegan and Pequot baskets.
  • With Mohegan and Narragansett support, the English attacked the Pequot town of Mystic on 26 May 1637.


From Narragansett pequttóog, perhaps 'people of the shoals'.

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Syllabification: Pe·quot

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