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[poh-kuh-hon-tuh s] /ˌpoʊ kəˈhɒn təs/
(Rebecca Rolfe) 1595?–1617, American Indian woman who is said to have prevented the execution of Captain John Smith. Unabridged
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  • In any case he would have enjoyed the masque, knowing that Pocahontas had performed it to honour her father's guests.

    The Princess Pocahontas Virginia Watson
  • The man who got out just ahead of Pocahontas was greeted by cries of "Come on you Ca-ap!"

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • I had Just got off my horse from Pocahontas when the post going to Staunton arrived.

  • Pocahontas slipped her arm wistfully 'round her friend's waist.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • Here he found no less a personage than Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas.

  • Pocahontas contrasted this chill with the warmth of church socials at home.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • He was not entirely mercenary, and he was deeply grateful to Pocahontas who had saved his life, and the perilous colony besides.

    The Pocahontas-John Smith Story Pocahontas Wight Edmunds
  • Pocahontas had to sit in the corner awhile for having done so.

    Nine Little Goslings Susan Coolidge
  • Then the thoughts of Pocahontas found themselves at Jamestown, whither they now often wandered.

    The Princess Pocahontas Virginia Watson
British Dictionary definitions for Pocahontas


original name Matoaka; married name Rebecca Rolfe. ?1595–1617, American Indian, who allegedly saved the colonist Captain John Smith from being killed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Pocahontas

(c.1595-1617), daughter of Algonquian leader Powhatan, the name is said to be Algonquian Pokachantesu "she is playful."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Pocahontas in Culture
Pocahontas [(poh-kuh-hon-tuhs)]

A Native American princess of the seventeenth century who befriended Captain John Smith of Virginia. She is said to have thrown herself upon him to prevent his execution by her father, Powhatan. She later married one of the Virginian settlers and traveled to England with him.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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