Definition of Wampanoag in US English:


nounPlural Wampanoags

  • A member of a confederacy of North American peoples of southeastern Massachusetts who spoke the extinct Algonquian language Massachusett.

    • ‘Although colonists blamed ‘King Philip, ‘principal sachem of the Wampanoags, for starting hostilities, his warriors probably acted independently, not as part of an intertribal conspiracy.’’
    • ‘The skulls may have hastened the war by convincing both the English and the Wampanoags that each broke promises neither made.’
    • ‘King Philip's War, waged between the English and an alliance of Wampanoag, Nipmuk, and Narragansett Indians, devastated Eliot's missions.’
    • ‘Massasoit's village at Montaup was attacked, but when the colonists supported the Wampanoag, the Narragansett finally were forced to abandon the effort.’
    • ‘There, Native interpreters in seventeenth-century dress interact with visitors and answer questions about both past and contemporary Wampanoag lifeways.’
    • ‘The Wampanoag were members of a widespread confederacy of Algonkian-speaking peoples known as the League of the Delaware.’
    • ‘We came across a gravestone, which had on it the following inscription: ‘Here lies an Indian woman, a Wampanoag, whose family and tribe gave of themselves and their land that this great nation might be born and grow.’’
    • ‘The Wampanoag want official federal recognition.’
    • ‘In March, the western Indians began negotiating for peace while the Wampanoags and Narragansetts returned to their homelands in search of food.’


  • Relating to or denoting the Wampanoag.

    • ‘At Plimoth, the public walks through an outdoor Wampanoag village staffed by actual men and women.’
    • ‘The Pilgrim Fathers thanked the Wampanoag Indians for their hospitality over a three-day feast in 1621, then proceeded to drive them ruthlessly off their native lands.’
    • ‘Officials vetted the text of an oration that Frank B. James, a Wampanoag leader, was slated to deliver at a banquet celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Mayflower's landing.’
    • ‘When most Americans think of Thanksgiving past, they imagine the autumn of 1621 at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts where for 3 days in late September, the Pilgrims shared their harvest with the Wampanoag Indians.’
    • ‘The colonists celebrated it as a traditional English harvest feast, to which they invited the local Wampanoag Indians.’
    • ‘Metacom, Richter points out, willingly assumed an English name, Philip, and he and his Wampanoag followers raised hogs.’
    • ‘In it, Mather the Elder gave special thanks to God for the devastating plague of smallpox which wiped out the majority of the Wampanoag Indians who had been their benefactors.’
    • ‘The following summer, he led a force into the Mount Hope swamp in Rhode Island, where the Wampanoag chieftain, Metacom, dwelled.’
    • ‘The Wampanoag leader Metacomet, known as ‘King Philip’ to the English, tried to get this practice outlawed, and when the British refused, a war ensued.’


Narragansett, literally ‘easterners’.