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[sah-hap-tuh n]
noun, plural Sa·hap·tins, (especially collectively) Sa·hap·tin for 1.
  1. a member of an American Indian people of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
  2. a language used by several American Indian tribes, including the Nez Percés, of the Columbia River basin.
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  1. of or relating to the Sahaptins or to their languages.
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Origin of Sahaptin

From the Southern Interior Salish word sʕaptnx Nez Percé, Sahaptin
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Historical Examples of sahaptin

  • The following grammatical notes will serve to illustrate the Yakima and some of the other languages of the Sahaptin family.

    The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 3

    Hubert Howe Bancroft

  • Of all these tribes, the Nez Perces or Sahaptin were the most numerous and progressive.

  • Neither are there wanting affinities to the Sahaptin and Cays languages, allied to each other.


    Robert Gordon Latham

  • In the Nahuatl, Sahaptin, and Selish families it is most prominent.

  • Again, the Shoshoni and Sahaptin have several words in common, and those out of short vocabularies.


    Robert Gordon Latham

British Dictionary definitions for sahaptin


Sahaptan (sɑːˈhæptən) or Sahaptian (sɑːˈhæptɪən)

  1. plural -tins, -tans, -tians, -tin, -tan or -tian a member of a North American Indian people of Oregon and Washington, including the Nez Percé
  2. the language of this people
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Ancient name: Shahaptin (ʃəˈhæptɪn)
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