Mas·​sa·​chu·​sett ˌma-sə-ˈchü-sət How to pronounce Massachusett (audio)
 also  ˌmas-ˈchü-
variants or Massachuset
plural Massachusetts or Massachusett or Massachusets or Massachuset : a member of an Indigenous people of eastern Massachusetts
: the extinct Algonquian language of the Massachusett people

Word History


Massachusett, a locality, literally, at the big hill

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Massachusett was in 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Massachusett.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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