- a member of an American Indian people of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
- a language used by several American Indian tribes, including the Nez Percés, of the Columbia River basin.
- of or relating to the Sahaptins or to their languages.
Origin of Sahaptin
From the Southern Interior Salish word sʕaptnx Nez Percé, Sahaptin
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Examples from the Web for sahaptin
The following grammatical notes will serve to illustrate the Yakima and some of the other languages of the Sahaptin family.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 3
Hubert Howe Bancroft
Of all these tribes, the Nez Perces or Sahaptin were the most numerous and progressive.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume II (of 2)
Neither are there wanting affinities to the Sahaptin and Cays languages, allied to each other.
In the Nahuatl, Sahaptin, and Selish families it is most prominent.
Again, the Shoshoni and Sahaptin have several words in common, and those out of short vocabularies.
Sahaptan (sɑːˈhæptən) or Sahaptian (sɑːˈhæptɪən)
- plural -tins, -tans, -tians, -tin, -tan or -tian a member of a North American Indian people of Oregon and Washington, including the Nez Percé
- the language of this people
Ancient name: Shahaptin (ʃəˈhæptɪn)
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