Definition of Mohawk in English:

Mohawk

noun

  • 1A member of an American Indian people, originally inhabiting parts of what is now upper New York State.

    • ‘A Mohawk and member of the Wolf Clan, he dances with the Young Spirit Dancers, a Native American company that tours the northeastern U.S. each year.’
    • ‘We have the Mohawk up in upstate New York, where their reservation is both part in Canada and part in the United States.’
    • ‘What does this mean for native groups like the Cree and Mohawks of Canada and the US, whose ancestral lands (like the Yoeme and Pima in the South) are cut literally by the border?’
    • ‘The Mohawks in New York also contributed to the defeat of the insurgents by preventing outside assistance or escape.’
    • ‘The war with the Pequot no sooner ended than the Narragansett were fighting the Mohawk.’
    • ‘This includes the Canadian native Indians such as the Mohawks and the Inuit, the original inhabitants of the land who were displaced, dispossessed and marginalised.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Iroquoian language of the Mohawk.

    • ‘He compares English with the language that is perhaps most different - Mohawk, spoken by a few thousand Native Americans in Quebec, Ontario and New York.’
    • ‘While only 15% speak Mohawk, this number is growing with aggressive language maintenance programs.’
    • ‘Italian and Greek are prominent immigrant languages, and Cree and Mohawk are prominent indigenous languages.’
    • ‘He was lucky to spend some of his years with his grandmother, who spoke only Mohawk…’
    • ‘The Cherokee language belongs to the Iroquoian family of languages and is therefore related to Mohawk, Seneca, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, and Tuscarora, among others.’
    • ‘An Iroquoian language, Oneida is most closely related to Mohawk.’
  • 3North American A hairstyle in which the head is shaved except for a strip of hair running centrally from the middle of the forehead to the back of the neck.

    • ‘As he worked with the iron, he elevated each strand into the air like a diffused Mohawk.’
    • ‘From the opposite side of the room, a man stumbled through the hallway, his inky black hair cut into something along the lines of a Mohawk.’
    • ‘On a steamy summer day he's sporting the jersey of his beloved football team, beat-up jeans and dreadlocks styled in a Mohawk gone awry.’
    • ‘Then there was ‘guess the hairstyle’ as our maths teacher's hairdo momentarily resembled a Mohawk.’
    • ‘You can give him the latest ‘gear’, or get him a new haircut, maybe a Mohawk or Afro.’
    • ‘In fact, the reporter gave metrosexuality a face, a figure and hair styles ranging from Mohawks to cornrows - all belonging to the most famous athlete in the world.’
  • 4Skating
    A step from either edge of the skate to the same edge on the other foot in the opposite direction.

    • ‘A reverse Mohawk is the opposite of a Mohawk.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Mohawk or their language.

    • ‘It was also her evidence that these schools have a large percentage of Mohawk children (both from the reserve and off) and offer Mohawk language and a Mohawk curriculum.’
    • ‘This description was appropriate for a man who made his fortune trading with the native Indians in the Mohawk valley and the nations of the Iroquois confederacy.’
    • ‘He was a fifth-generation Mohawk River settler, with one ancestor a Mohawk Indian.’
    • ‘He writes poetry in both English and Mohawk and is working to devise an improved written form for the Mohawk language.’
    • ‘The smokes are made by Mohawks, on Mohawk territory, are not smuggled, are tax-exempt.’

Origin

Narragansett mohowawog, man-eaters.

Pronunciation:

Mohawk

/ˈməʊhɔːk/