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noun, plural O·nei·das, (especially collectively) O·nei·da for 1.
  1. a member of an Iroquois people formerly inhabiting the region east of Oneida Lake.
  2. the Iroquoian language spoken by the Oneida Indians.
  3. a city in central New York.
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Origin of Oneida

From the Oneida word onę·yóteʔ erected stone, the name of the main Oneida settlement, at successive locations, near which, traditionally, a large syenite boulder always appeared
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Historical Examples of oneida

  • That instead of running into the Oneida, the Oneida ran into him.

    Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 7, May 14, 1870


  • It follows the watershed from the lake to Oneida, and clears the Mohawk Valley northward.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • As for the old Oneida, she could not be kept within a long distance of her proper berth.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • It is stated that the Oneida Indians have organized a cornet band.

  • By this time the corvette Oneida had made out the state of the case.

    Admiral Farragut

    A. T. Mahan

British Dictionary definitions for oneida


noun plural -das or -da
  1. Lake Oneida a lake in central New York State: part of the New York State Barge Canal system. Length: about 35 km (22 miles). Greatest width: 9 km (6 miles)
  2. the Oneida (functioning as plural) a North American Indian people formerly living east of Lake Ontario; one of the Iroquois peoples
  3. a member of this people
  4. the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
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Word Origin for Oneida

from Iroquois onēyóte', literally: standing stone
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Word Origin and History for oneida


Iroquois tribe of upper N.Y. state, who later moved in part to Wisconsin, 1666, named for its principal settlement, from Oneida onenyote', literally "erected stone," containing -neny- "stone" and -ot- "to stand."

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