- a member of an extinct tribe of North American Indians of eastern Massachusetts.
- 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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- plural -sets, -set or -setts a member of a North American Indian people formerly living around Massachusetts Bay
- the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
probably from Algonquian, literally: at the big hill
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