Hai·​da ˈhī-də How to pronounce Haida (audio)
plural Haida or Haidas : a member of an Indigenous people of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, and Prince of Wales Island, Alaska
: the language of the Haida people

Examples of Haida in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska terminated Brady’s employment the same day charges were filed, said Raeanne Holmes, a spokeswoman for the council. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Sep. 2023 The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska will receive money for the repatriation of remains and significant objects. Claire Stremple, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Aug. 2023 Located up the street from the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art honors hailed Haida artist Bill Reid, who was known for building bridges between Indigenous and settler people through his work as an artist, broadcaster, and community activist. Bianca Bujan, Travel + Leisure, 25 July 2023 For a truly incredible experience, book a stay at one of Haida Gwaii’s many fishing lodges. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2023 Supermoons have featured prominently in history, with the Haida and Tlingit tribes of Alaska dubbing the July moon the salmon moon to mark the rise in salmon migration during the season. Jon Brown, Fox News, 2 July 2023 After Alaska was purchased, the Haida ignored international boundaries and continued trading as always, an act the U.S. government viewed as smuggling. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 1 July 2023 This picturesque town is also home to the Totem Heritage Center, featuring one of the largest collections of unrestored 19th-century totem poles on the planet, with many of the more than 30 poles retrieved from Tlingit, Tsimshian and Haida villages—all local Indigenous groups. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2023 The striking blue, white and pink plane features images of sockeye salmon using traditional formline design specific to the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribes, according to Worl. Riley Rogerson, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2023 See More

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Word History


Haida (northern dialect) ḥà·t̓e·, ḥà·de·, a self-designation

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Haida was in 1841

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“Haida.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Haida. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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