Definition of Wampanoag in English:


Pronunciation /ˌwämpəˈnōaɡ/ /ˌwɑmpəˈnoʊæɡ/

nounWampanoag, Wampanoags

  • A member of a confederacy of North American peoples of southeastern Massachusetts who spoke the extinct Algonquian language Massachusett.

    ‘In March, the western Indians began negotiating for peace while the Wampanoags and Narragansetts returned to their homelands in search of food.’
    • ‘Although colonists blamed ‘King Philip, ‘principal sachem of the Wampanoags, for starting hostilities, his warriors probably acted independently, not as part of an intertribal conspiracy.’’
    • ‘The skulls may have hastened the war by convincing both the English and the Wampanoags that each broke promises neither made.’
    • ‘The Wampanoag were members of a widespread confederacy of Algonkian-speaking peoples known as the League of the Delaware.’
    • ‘Massasoit's village at Montaup was attacked, but when the colonists supported the Wampanoag, the Narragansett finally were forced to abandon the effort.’
    • ‘We came across a gravestone, which had on it the following inscription: ‘Here lies an Indian woman, a Wampanoag, whose family and tribe gave of themselves and their land that this great nation might be born and grow.’’
    • ‘King Philip's War, waged between the English and an alliance of Wampanoag, Nipmuk, and Narragansett Indians, devastated Eliot's missions.’
    • ‘The Wampanoag want official federal recognition.’
    • ‘There, Native interpreters in seventeenth-century dress interact with visitors and answer questions about both past and contemporary Wampanoag lifeways.’


  • Relating to or denoting the Wampanoag.

    ‘At Plimoth, the public walks through an outdoor Wampanoag village staffed by actual men and women.’
    • ‘Officials vetted the text of an oration that Frank B. James, a Wampanoag leader, was slated to deliver at a banquet celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Mayflower's landing.’
    • ‘The Wampanoag leader Metacomet, known as ‘King Philip’ to the English, tried to get this practice outlawed, and when the British refused, a war ensued.’
    • ‘The following summer, he led a force into the Mount Hope swamp in Rhode Island, where the Wampanoag chieftain, Metacom, dwelled.’
    • ‘Metacom, Richter points out, willingly assumed an English name, Philip, and he and his Wampanoag followers raised hogs.’
    • ‘When most Americans think of Thanksgiving past, they imagine the autumn of 1621 at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts where for 3 days in late September, the Pilgrims shared their harvest with the Wampanoag Indians.’
    • ‘The Pilgrim Fathers thanked the Wampanoag Indians for their hospitality over a three-day feast in 1621, then proceeded to drive them ruthlessly off their native lands.’
    • ‘In it, Mather the Elder gave special thanks to God for the devastating plague of smallpox which wiped out the majority of the Wampanoag Indians who had been their benefactors.’
    • ‘The colonists celebrated it as a traditional English harvest feast, to which they invited the local Wampanoag Indians.’


Narragansett, literally ‘easterners’.