Definition of Massachusett in US English:

Massachusett

(also Massachuset)

noun

  • 1A member of an extinct North American people, formerly found in eastern Massachusetts.

    • ‘In 1623, Myles Standish decapitated Wituwamat, a Massachusett Indian accused of conspiring to destroy the English settlements, and stuck his head on a pole outside of Plymouth's fort.’
    • ‘His considerable feat was to translate the bible (Old and New Testaments) into the language of the Massachusett Indian.’
    • ‘Alice's husband, Thomas, was a Massachusett Indian from Agawam on the mainland.’
  • 2The Algonquian language of the Massachusett.

    • ‘The Wampanoag spoke Massachusett, a language they shared with the Massachusett and Pawtucket Indians to the north.’
    • ‘People on the Cape and islands spoke Massachusett, and people in what are today Rhode Island and Connecticut spoke Narragansett.’
    • ‘But the language was Massachusett, nonetheless, as can be seen from wills, grave markers, transfers of land, and bills of sale written in it during the 1600s and 1700s.’

Pronunciation

Massachusett

/ˌmasəˈCHo͞osit/