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[nar-uh-gan-sit] /ˌnær əˈgæn sɪt/
noun, plural Narragansetts (especially collectively) Narragansett.
a member of a North American Indian tribe of the Algonquian family formerly located in Rhode Island but now almost extinct.
an Algonquian language, the language of the Narragansett Indians.
a town in S Rhode Island: includes a resort (Narragansett Pier) Unabridged
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  • We sailed that day in the small boat for Narragansett,—I know not where.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Did you feel like that last summer at Newport or Narragansett?

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • The line of hotels on Narragansett Beach was now plainly in sight.

    A Little Country Girl Susan Coolidge
  • They say that a fleet has been sighted off Narragansett Bay.

    True to His Home Hezekiah Butterworth
  • "He's our host at Narragansett, and is taking us over to Roger Sands,'" she said.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • He had gone to Narragansett Pier for the summer, whither Farrar had followed him.

    The Celebrity, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Toward night they entered the blue waters of Narragansett Bay.

    The Story of John Paul Jones

    Chelsea Curtis Fraser
  • Of course among this number was Wannashego, the young Narragansett.

    The Story of John Paul Jones

    Chelsea Curtis Fraser
  • As might be expected Wannashego, the young Narragansett, was among the first.

    The Story of John Paul Jones

    Chelsea Curtis Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for Narragansett


-sett, -setts. a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in Rhode Island
the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Narragansett

1622, from southern New England Algonquian Naiaganset "(people) of the small point of land," containing nai- "a point or angle." Originally in reference to the native people, later to the place in Rhode Island.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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