[ sah-hap-tuhn ]

noun,plural Sa·hap·tins, (especially collectively) Sa·hap·tin for 1.
  1. a member of any of several American Indian peoples of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

  2. Also called Ich·ish·kíin Sín·wit [ich-ish-kin sin-wit] /ˈɪtʃ ɪʃˌkɪn ˈsɪn wɪt/ . a language used by several American Indian tribes of the Columbia River basin, including the Yakama.

  1. a branch of the Penutian language family consisting of Ichishkíin Sínwit and Nez Perce.

  1. of or relating to the Sahaptin or to their languages.

Origin of Sahaptin

First recorded in 1830–40; from Southern Interior Salish sʕaptnx “Nez Perce, Sahaptin”

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

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British Dictionary definitions for Sahaptin


Sahaptan (sɑːˈhæptən) or Sahaptian (sɑːˈhæptɪən)

/ (sɑːˈhæptɪn) /

  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

  • Ancient name: Shahaptin (ʃəˈhæptɪn)

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