Definition of Klamath in English:



  • 1A member of an American Indian people of southern Oregon and northern California.

    • ‘The Klamath River, which snakes from Oregon into northern California, is central to the religion, philosophy and daily lives of the river's four tribes: the Karuk, Yurok, Hoopa and Klamath.’
    • ‘The Klamath, sadly, are used to shoddy treatment. They don't even have a reservation.’
    • ‘Like other tribes in this group-the Menominee in Wisconsin and Klamath in Oregon-the Salish and Kootenai tribes enjoyed growing and seemingly sustainable economic development.’
    • ‘The foundation's $115,000 grant will help the Klamath to develop a restoration plan for managing the vast forest.’
    • ‘Decades later, the Klamath, 3,400 strong, have recovered their official status and are quietly negotiating for a partial return of their lands, which are rich with ponderosa pine.’
  • 2The language of the Klamath.


  • Relating to the Klamath or their language.

    • ‘They have denied me my birthright,’ said Gail Hatcher of the Klamath tribe.’
    • ‘The agreement is believed to open a new window of opportunity, according to a spokesman for the Klamath tribes.’


From the Chinook name łámał those of the river.