Definition of Mohegan in English:


(also Mohican)


  • 1A member of an American Indian people formerly inhabiting the western parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

    Compare with mahican
    • ‘Mason, one of the founders of Norwich, and a force of Englishmen and Mohegans, are accused of burning down a Pequot village in 1637 during a war with the tribe.’
    • ‘With the advent of war, Plymouth gained support from New England's other colonies and from Mohegans, Pequots, and many Christian Indians.’
    • ‘Uncas's actions were not dictated by the English, but by what Uncas, in a very calculating and clear-eyed manner, saw as necessary for the Mohegans to remain an independent entity.’
    • ‘Occom led many Christian Mohegans away from Connecticut in 1785, to join with other Christian southern New England tribal members in exodus to Brotherton, New York.’
    • ‘Queen Ann of England formed Queen Ann's Court and this court ruled in favor of the Mohegans.’
  • 2[mass noun] The extinct Algonquian language of the Mohegan.


  • Relating to the Mohegans or their language.

    • ‘Later, during King Philip's War, the colonists battled the Narragansetts with the aid of Mohegan fighters.’
    • ‘The athlete, a member of the Mohegan tribe, will throw the javelin, shot put and discus and run the 100-meter dash.’
    • ‘I left the Dartmouth archive saturated with a sense of the tenuousness of Mohegan life in eighteenth-century New England.’
    • ‘Signs provide park information and regulations in both English and Mohegan languages.’
    • ‘The painted stylized stockade, believed to represent the boundaries of ancestral lands, for instance, is often found on Nipmuc and Mohegan baskets.’


From Mohegan, literally people of the tidal waters.