Hiawatha

[ hahy-uh-woth-uh, -waw-thuh, hee-uh- ]
/ ˌhaɪ əˈwɒθ ə, -ˈwɔ θə, ˌhi ə- /

noun

the central figure of The Song of Hiawatha (1855), a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: named after a legendary Indian chief, fl. c1570.

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British Dictionary definitions for hiawatha

Hiawatha
/ (ˌhaɪəˈwɒθə) /

noun

a 16th-century Onondaga Indian chief: credited with the organization of the Five Nations
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Cultural definitions for hiawatha

Hiawatha
[ (heye-uh-woth-uh) ]

An actual Native American chief of the sixteenth century. In legends, he is the husband of Minnehaha. He urged peace between his people and the European settlers.

notes for Hiawatha

The legend of Hiawatha is best known through the poem “The Song of Hiawatha,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
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