Definition of Sahaptian in English:

Sahaptian

adjective

  • Denoting, belonging to, or relating to a family of languages, including Nez Percé and Sahaptin, spoken in southern Washington, northern Oregon, and central Idaho.

    • ‘They speak a Sahaptian dialect of the Penutian language family, which is common among other Plateau groups in the mid-Columbia River region.’

noun

  • The Sahaptian family of languages.

    • ‘The Columbia Gorge's native traders spoke languages belonging to one of three major families: Salishan, Sahaptian, or Chinookan.’

Pronunciation

Sahaptian

/säˈhaptēən/