Mandan

noun

Man·​dan ˈman-ˌdan How to pronounce Mandan (audio)
-dən
1
plural Mandan or Mandans : a member of a Siouan-speaking Indigenous people of the Missouri River valley in North Dakota

Note: The Mandan are federally recognized as part of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation in North Dakota.

2
: the Siouan language of the Mandans

Word History

Etymology

French Mantanne, Mendanne, from Dakota (Santee dialect) mawátąna or a cognate Sioux form

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mandan was in 1790

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Cite this Entry

“Mandan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mandan. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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