Mohawk

noun

Mo·​hawk ˈmō-ˌhȯk How to pronounce Mohawk (audio)
1
plural Mohawk or Mohawks : a member of an Indigenous people originally of the Mohawk River valley in New York
2
: the Iroquoian language of the Mohawk people
3
or less commonly mohawk plural Mohawks also mohawks : a hairstyle with a narrow center strip of usually upright hair and the sides of the head shaved

Word History

Etymology

of Algonquian origin; akin to Narragansett or Massachusett Mohowawog Mohawk, literally, cannibal

First Known Use

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mohawk was in 1634

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Cite this Entry

“Mohawk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mohawk. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

Mohawk

noun
Mo·​hawk ˈmō-ˌhȯk How to pronounce Mohawk (audio)
plural Mohawk or Mohawks
1
: a member of an American Indian people of the Mohawk River valley in New York state
2
: the Iroquoian language of the Mohawk people
3
: a hairstyle with a narrow center strip of usually upright hair and the sides of the head shaved

Geographical Definition

Mohawk

geographical name

Mo·​hawk ˈmō-ˌhȯk How to pronounce Mohawk (audio)
river 148 miles (238 kilometers) long in east central New York flowing east into the Hudson River

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