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noun, plural Mas·sa·chu·setts, (especially collectively) Mas·sa·chu·sett for 1.
  1. a member of an extinct tribe of North American Indians of eastern Massachusetts.
  2. the extinct Algonquian language of the Massachusett and Wampanoag Indians.
Also Mas·sa·chu·set, Massachusetts.

Origin of Massachusett

1610–20, Americanism; the Massachusett name of Great Blue Hill south of Boston, literally, at the big hill
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British Dictionary definitions for massachuset



  1. plural -sets, -set or -setts a member of a North American Indian people formerly living around Massachusetts Bay
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family

Word Origin

probably from Algonquian, literally: at the big hill
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