Definition of Nootkan in English:

Nootkan

adjective

  • 1Of, relating to, or designating a group of North American Indian peoples inhabiting the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

  • 2Of, relating to, or designating the Southern Wakashan language family comprising Nootka, Nitinaht, and Makah, or the speakers of these languages.

noun

  • 1A speaker of any of the Nootkan languages.

  • 2A Southern Wakashan language family comprising Nootka, Nitinaht, and Makah.

Origin

Late 18th century. From Nootka + -an. Compare Nootkian.

Pronunciation

Nootkan

/ˈnʊtkən//ˈnuːtkən/