Catawba

noun
Ca·​taw·​ba | \ kə-ˈtȯ-bə How to pronounce Catawba (audio) \

Definition of Catawba

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 plural Catawba or Catawbas : a member of an American Indian people of North Carolina and South Carolina
2 : the language of the Catawba people
3 : any of various wines produced from a pale red native American grape

Catawba

geographical name
Ca·​taw·​ba | \ kə-ˈtȯ-bə How to pronounce Catawba (audio) \

Definition of Catawba (Entry 2 of 2)

river 250 miles (402 kilometers) long flowing south from western North Carolina into South Carolina — see wateree

First Known Use of Catawba

Noun

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Catawba

Noun

probably ultimately from Catawba (Spanish spelling) Catapa, Cataba, name of a 16th century Catawba town

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Catawba

Statistics for Catawba

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Catawba

The first known use of Catawba was in 1715

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on Catawba

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with Catawba

Comments on Catawba

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

WORD OF THE DAY

tired or exhausted

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Where in the World? A Quiz

  • peter bruegel tower of babel painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
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!