- a member of any of the Indian tribes belonging to the Powhatan Confederacy.
- the Eastern Algonquian language spoken by the Powhatan people.
- c1550–1618, North American Indian chief in Virginia, father of Pocahontas and founder of the Powhatan Confederacy.
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Long and earnestly Powhatan talked to her, and she listened intently.Ten American Girls From History
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Then Powhatan, who ruled them all, raised his hand and stopped their clamor.
He had been sent by Powhatan to count the English, that he might learn their strength.
Smith does not report what he said to Powhatan, or Powhatan to him.
Here he found no less a personage than Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas.
- American Indian name Wahunsonacock. died 1618, American Indian chief of a confederacy of tribes; father of Pocahontas
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