Na-Dene

noun
\ nä-ˈdā-(ˌ)nā How to pronounce Na-Dene (audio) , -ˈde-, -nē \

Definition of Na-Dene

: a hypothetically related group of American Indian languages that includes the Athabascan family, Tlingit, and Haida

First Known Use of Na-Dene

1932, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Na-Dene

na- (from Haida na to dwell & Tlingit na people) + Dene Déné

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“Na-Dene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Na-Dene. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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