plural Erie also Eries : a member of an Indigenous people living south of Lake Erie in the 17th century
: the extinct and probably Iroquoian language of the Erie people

Word History


American French Erie, Erié, modification of Huron Eriehronon the Erie people

First Known Use

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Erie was in 1763

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Cite this Entry

“Erie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Erie. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

city and port on Lake Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania population 101,786

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