Narragansett

[ nar-uh-gan-sit ]
/ ˌnær əˈgæn sɪt /
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noun, plural Nar·ra·gan·setts, (especially collectively) Nar·ra·gan·sett.

a member of a North American Indian tribe of the Algonquian family formerly located in Rhode Island but now almost extinct.
an Algonquian language, the language of the Narragansett Indians.
a town in S Rhode Island: includes a resort (Narragansett Pier).
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Narragansett

/ (ˌnærəˈɡænsɪt) /

noun

-sett or -setts a member of a North American Indian people formerly living in Rhode Island
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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