[hahy-uh-woth-uh, -waw-thuh, hee-uh-]
  1. 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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  • Longfellow, author of the poem “The Song of Hiawatha,” about an Indian hero, likely met Isaac Pharaoh there.

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British Dictionary definitions for hiawatha


  1. a 16th-century Onondaga Indian chief: credited with the organization of the Five Nations
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hiawatha in Culture



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.


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