Definition of Potawatomi in US English:



  • 1A member of a North American people living originally around Lake Michigan.

    • ‘These Indians, such as the Shawnees, Ottawas, and the Potawatomis, were shocked and disappointed when the French capitulated and ceded Canada in 1760.’
    • ‘The French generally enjoyed good relations with nations such as the Ojibwa and the Potawatomi so long as trade goods were readily available and reasonably priced.’
    • ‘Interestingly, according to Vogel, Senega snakeroot was ‘the chief remedy for heart trouble among the Potawatomis and Meskwakis‘.’
    • ‘Wigwam appears as it might have two hundred years ago when the Potawatomi fished its seemingly placid waters.’
    • ‘Because of this early association, the Potawatomi, the Ottawa, and the Ojibwa are known collectively as the Three Fires.’
  • 2The Algonquian language of the Potawatomi.


  • Relating to the Potawatomi or their language.

    • ‘The latter site is reputed to be a location cultivated by a small Potawatomi group during the mid - to late 180Os, many years after the period of their formal removal from southeastern Wisconsin.’
    • ‘Dream visions influenced the decisions of Potawatomi councils and often guided the future of the people.’
    • ‘The United States also managed to gain three million acres of Delaware and Potawatomi land in Indiana through the Treaty of Fort Wayne.’
    • ‘The Potawatomi Indians are reported to have used both flowers and flower buds of the common milkweed to flavor and thicken their meat soups.’
    • ‘This census reveals the shifting locations of between six and 10 Potawatomi villages and the number of occupants who resided in them.’
    • ‘Of these, certain sites clearly reflect multiple components widely separated in time, as at Carroll College, where effigy mounds clearly predate the contiguous nineteenth-century Potawatomi corn hills by several hundred years.’


The name in Ojibwa.