Meaning of Nootka in English:

Nootka

nounplural noun Nootka, plural noun Nootkas

  • 1A member of an indigenous people of Vancouver Island, Canada.

    • ‘Twelve different tribes of Native Americans are in the game as well: the Aztec, the Carib, the Cherokee, the Comanche, the Cree, the Incas, the Iroquois, the Mayans, the Nootka, the Seminole, the Sioux, and the Tupi.’
  • 2mass noun The Wakashan language of the Nootka, now with few speakers.

    ‘Also known as Nuuchahnulth, which means ‘along the mountains’ - a reference to the speakers' homeland - Nootka's telescoping of words is unparalleled in other languages.’
    • ‘Finally, a piece about Nootka - a language in which ‘entire sentences of meaning can be crammed into very short words’.’

Pronunciation

Nootka

/ˈnuːtkə/ /ˈnʊtkə/

adjective

  • Relating to the Nootka or their language.

    • ‘In the potlatches of the Chinook, Nootka, and other Pacific Northwest peoples, for example, chiefs vied to give the most blankets and other valuables.’

Pronunciation

Nootka

/ˈnuːtkə/ /ˈnʊtkə/

Origin

Named after Nootka Sound, an inlet on the coast of Vancouver Island.