- a member of a once-powerful North American Indian people who inhabited the area east of Narragansett Bay from Rhode Island to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket at the time of the Pilgrim settlement.
- the Eastern Algonquian speech of the Wampanoag people, a dialect of Massachusett.
Origin of Wampanoag
1670–80, Americanism; < Narragansett, equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *wa·pan(w)- dawn + -o·w- person of + *-aki plural suffix, i.e., easterners
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Examples from the Web for wampanoag
Probably in October, the Pilgrims met their Wampanoag neighbors for three days of feasting on wildfowl and venison.
Alternatively, perhaps the first Thanksgiving was a Wampanoag idea, a nickommo.
I will not surrender a Wampanoag, nor the paring of a Wampanoag's nail.
But the great Wampanoag chief was not a man to yield to adversity.
She, like the groom's mother, probably belonged to the Wampanoag tribe.
But a Narragansett, or a Wampanoag, is a man; he scorns to lurk in the darkness.
Thou art a Wampanoag, and dost know that the hunting-grounds of thy tribe have been held sacred by my people.