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[pou-uh-tan, -hat-n] /ˈpaʊ əˌtæn, -ˌhæt n/
noun, plural Powhatans (especially collectively) Powhatan for 1.
a member of any of the Indian tribes belonging to the Powhatan Confederacy.
the Eastern Algonquian language spoken by the Powhatan people.
c1550–1618, North American Indian chief in Virginia, father of Pocahontas and founder of the Powhatan Confederacy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Powhatan was not there, but he sent young chiefs, her brothers, in his place.

  • Powhatan kept the whites who were with him to instruct the Indians in the art of war.

    Captain John Smith Charles Dudley Warner
  • Here he found no less a personage than Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas.

  • Powhatan soon showed that he was in earnest in his act of mercy.

  • Contriving to secure his release from the head chief, Powhatan, he returned to Jamestown.

    The Beginners of a Nation Edward Eggleston.
  • If it comes to fighting you will hear more of the Powhatan and Captain Porter.

    Pictures of Southern Life William Howard Russell
  • Powhatan was deeply offended, and nothing more was heard from him until another overture from Argall.

    The Birth of the Nation Mrs. Roger A. Pryor
  • At last they reached a town of twelve wigwams called Powhatan.

    The Birth of the Nation Mrs. Roger A. Pryor
  • Men said that he was older than Powhatan, and Powhatan was very old when he died.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for Powhatan


/ˌpaʊhəˈtæn; paʊˈhætən/
American Indian name Wahunsonacock. died 1618, American Indian chief of a confederacy of tribes; father of Pocahontas
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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