Definition of Nisenan in US English:

Nisenan

(also Nissenon, Nisinan)

noun

  • 1A member of a North American Indian people living at the time of first European contact in northern California.

  • 2The Maiduan language spoken by the Nisenan.

adjective

  • Designating, of, or relating to the Nisenan or their language.

Origin

Late 19th century. From Nisenan nisena·n, self-designation, lit. ‘from among us, of our side’.

Pronunciation

Nisenan

/ˈniːsəˌnɑːn/