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Narragansett

[nar-uh-gan-sit]
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noun, plural Nar·ra·gan·setts, (especially collectively) Nar·ra·gan·sett.
  1. a member of a North American Indian tribe of the Algonquian family formerly located in Rhode Island but now almost extinct.
  2. an Algonquian language, the language of the Narragansett Indians.
  3. a town in S Rhode Island: includes a resort (Narragansett Pier).
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  • We sailed that day in the small boat for Narragansett,—I know not where.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Did you feel like that last summer at Newport or Narragansett?

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • The line of hotels on Narragansett Beach was now plainly in sight.

    A Little Country Girl

    Susan Coolidge

  • They say that a fleet has been sighted off Narragansett Bay.

    True to His Home

    Hezekiah Butterworth

  • "He's our host at Narragansett, and is taking us over to Roger Sands,'" she said.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson


British Dictionary definitions for narragansett

Narragansett

noun
  1. -sett or -setts a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in Rhode Island
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
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Word Origin and History for narragansett

Narragansett

1622, from southern New England Algonquian Naiaganset "(people) of the small point of land," containing nai- "a point or angle." Originally in reference to the native people, later to the place in Rhode Island.

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