Definition of Wakashan in English:

Wakashan

adjective

  • Relating to a small family of almost extinct American Indian languages of the northern Pacific coast, including Kwakiutl and Nootka.

    • ‘The Salishan and Wakashan languages are the favorite candidates for languages lacking the noun/verb contrast, but there have been several other proposals.’

noun

  • The Wakashan family of languages.

    • ‘The ‘keepers of the language’ should be the language family - Algonquin, Athapaskan, Eskimo-Aleut, Haida, Iroquoian, Hutenai, Salishan, Siouan, Tlingit, Wakashan.’

Origin

Formed by Captain Cook from Nootka wakash bravo! + -an.

Pronunciation:

Wakashan

/wäˈkaSHən/