Definition of Narragansett in English:


Line breaks: Narra|gan|sett
Pronunciation: /ˌnarəˈɡansət
(also Narraganset)

noun (plural same or Narragansetts)

1A member of an American Indian people originally of Rhode Island, few of whom now remain.
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  • In March, the western Indians began negotiating for peace while the Wampanoags and Narragansetts returned to their homelands in search of food.
  • Later, during King Philip's War, the colonists battled the Narragansetts with the aid of Mohegan fighters.
  • This New England minister's wife was captured by Narragansetts in 1676 and held for eleven weeks before she was ransomed, later publishing an account of her experiences.
2 [mass noun] The extinct Algonquian language of the Narragansett.


the name in Narragansett, literally 'people of the promontory'.

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