Meaning of Wakashan in English:


Pronunciation /waˈkaʃ(ə)n/


  • Relating to or denoting a small family of almost extinct languages of the northern Pacific coast, including Kwakiutl and Nootka.

    • ‘The Salishan and Wakashan languages are the favorite candidates for languages lacking the noun/verb contrast, but there have been several other proposals.’


mass noun
  • The Wakashan family of languages.

    • ‘The ‘keepers of the language’ should be the language family - Algonquin, Athapaskan, Eskimo-Aleut, Haida, Iroquoian, Hutenai, Salishan, Siouan, Tlingit, Wakashan.’


From Nootka waukash ‘good’ (said to have been applied to the people by Captain Cook) + -an.