Arawak

noun
Ar·​a·​wak | \ ˈa-rə-ˌwäk How to pronounce Arawak (audio) , -ˌwak\
plural Arawak or Arawaks

Definition of Arawak

1 : a member of an Indian people of the Arawakan group now living chiefly along the coast of Guyana
2 : the language of the Arawak people

First Known Use of Arawak

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Arawak

earlier Arwaca, Aroaca, an Arawak subgroup of 16th century Trinidad, perhaps from an Arawak name for the subgroup

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Arawak

Dictionary Entries near Arawak

arauna

Aravalli Range

Arawa

Arawak

Arawakan

a raw deal

arb

Statistics for Arawak

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Arawak

The first known use of Arawak was in 1769

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on Arawak

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with Arawak

Comments on Arawak

What made you want to look up Arawak? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

something desired as essential

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!