Definition of Narragansett in US English:


(also Narraganset)


  • 1A member of a North American people originally of Rhode Island. They came into conflict with the New England colonists in the 17th century, and few now remain.

    • ‘It's a word meaning boiled corn, taken from the Narragansett Indians in Rhode Island.’
    • ‘This New England minister's wife was captured by Narragansetts in 1676 and held for eleven weeks before she was ransomed, later publishing an account of her experiences.’
    • ‘Later, during King Philip's War, the colonists battled the Narragansetts with the aid of Mohegan fighters.’
    • ‘A violent confrontation between Rhode Island State troopers and members of the Narragansett Indian tribe.’
    • ‘In March, the western Indians began negotiating for peace while the Wampanoags and Narragansetts returned to their homelands in search of food.’
  • 2The Algonquian language of the Narragansett.


The name in Narragansett, literally ‘people of the promontory’.