[ ar-uh-wah-kuhn, -wak-uhn ]

  1. a family of numerous languages that developed in ancient South America and spread north to Central America and to islands in the Caribbean and Atlantic.

  2. a member of the Arawak or related Indigenous people who speak, or once spoke, these languages.

  1. of or belonging to this language family or its speakers or to the Arawak.

Origin of Arawakan

First recorded in 1905–10; Arawak + -an

Words Nearby Arawakan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for Arawakan


/ (ˌærəˈwækən) /

  1. a family of American Indian languages found throughout NE South America

  1. of or relating to the peoples speaking these languages

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