Definition of Panoan in English:

Panoan

noun

  • 1A family of languages spoken by a number of South American Indian peoples inhabiting areas of the upper Amazon basin in eastern Peru and neighbouring parts of Bolivia and Brazil.

  • 2A member of a Panoan-speaking people.

adjective

  • 1Of, relating to, or designating (any of) the Panoan-speaking peoples.

  • 2Of, relating to, or designating this family of languages.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Encyclopaedia Britannica. From Pano + -an.

Pronunciation

Panoan

/paˈnəʊən/