Ca·​yu·​ga kā-ˈyü-gə How to pronounce Cayuga (audio) kī- How to pronounce Cayuga (audio)
plural Cayuga or Cayugas : a member of an Iroquoian-speaking Indigenous people of central New York

Note: Some current-day members of the Cayuga live as part of the federally recognized Cayuga Nation of New York. Other members live as part of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation, located in Oklahoma, or the Six Nations of the Grand River, located in Canada.

: the Iroquoian language of the Cayuga people

Word History


Cayuga *kayó·kwę, a 17th century Cayuga town

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cayuga was in 1743

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Cite this Entry

“Cayuga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Ca·​yu·​ga kā-ˈyü-gə How to pronounce Cayuga (audio)
lake 40 miles (64 kilometers) long in west central New York; one of the Finger Lakes

Note: Cayuga Lake is connected with the New York State Barge Canal.

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