[ noot-kuh, noot- ]

noun,plural Noot·kas, (especially collectively) Noot·ka
  1. former name of the Nuu-chah-nulth.

Origin of Nootka

First recorded in 1780–90; possibly from Nootka nu⋅tka⋅ “to circle around,” mistaken by Captain James Cook to be the name of the people or of Nootka Sound

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

How to use Nootka in a sentence

  • What immeasurable interval between it and the prayer of the Nootka Indian on preparing for war!

    The Myths of the New World | Daniel G. Brinton
  • There she anchored before a large Nootka Indian village, called Newity.

    South American Fights and Fighters | Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • These houses are sometimes 40 by 100 feet in the Nootka and Salish regions, and are occupied by a number of families.

  • In Nootka we have an unusually large number of derivational affixes (expressing concepts of group II).

    Language | Edward Sapir
  • But is the Nootka correlate of “the small fires in the house” the true equivalent of an English “the house-firelets”?

    Language | Edward Sapir

British Dictionary definitions for Nootka


/ (ˈnʊtkə, ˈnuːt-) /

  1. plural -ka or -kas a member of a North American Indian people living in British Columbia and Vancouver Island

  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Wakashan family

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