noun Ath·a·bas·can \ˌa-thə-ˈbas-kən\
variants: or


\-ˈbas-\ or less commonly


play \-ˈpas-\ or



Definition of Athabascan

  1. 1 :  a family of American Indian languages spoken primarily in western Canada, Alaska, and the U.S. Southwest

  2. 2 :  a member of a people speaking an Athabascan language

Origin and Etymology of athabascan

Athabasca, a Cree band, from Cree dialect aδδapaska·w, name for the area east of Lake Athabasca, literally, (where) there are reeds one after another

First Known Use: 1830

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