Definition of Passamaquoddy in English:



  • 1A member of a North American people inhabiting parts of south-eastern Maine and south-western New Brunswick.

    • ‘Representatives of Maine's Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Indians, who assisted the Maliseets in their negotiations with the state, attended the ceremony.’
    • ‘He was an ethnologist and he recorded all of these songs and tales of the Passamaquoddy Indians.’
    • ‘But both the Atlantic Policy Congress and Akagi say the St. Croix Scoodic band of the Passamaquoddy in Canada never ceded its traditional territory throughout 200 years of continuous encroachment by the province and town.’
  • 2mass noun The Algonquian language of the Passamaquoddy, now with few speakers.


  • Relating to the Passamaquoddy or their language.

    • ‘The Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes send to the Maine legislature a representative who is permitted to speak only on matters connected with the affairs of the Indian reservations.’
    • ‘Akagi, whose mother was ‘half Native ‘and his father Japanese, said that although there supposedly are no Passamaquoddy people in St. Andrews, the town nonetheless did not charge his family property tax when his mother was alive.’’
    • ‘The issue of whether non-status persons of Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, and Passamaquoddy ancestry are entitled to treaty rights affirmed by Marshall must be resolved;’
    • ‘Later, at a senior's hall in nearby Mace's Bay, we discussed CBM efforts in local scallop management and met with Hugh Akagi, Chief of the Passamaquoddy First Nation.’
    • ‘The town and the federal government maintain there is no Passamaquoddy band in Canada.’


From a Micmac name for Passamaquoddy Bay, literally ‘place where pollack are plentiful’.