nä-ˈdā-(ˌ)nā How to pronounce Na-Dene (audio)
: a hypothetically related group of North American Indigenous languages that includes the Athabascan family, Tlingit, and Haida

Word History


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

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Na-Dene was in 1932

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Cite this Entry

“Na-Dene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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