Pe·​quot ˈpē-ˌkwät How to pronounce Pequot (audio)
plural Pequot or Pequots
: a member of an Algonquian-speaking Indigenous people of what is now eastern Connecticut

Note: Current-day members of the Pequot live as part of the federally recognized Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

Examples of Pequot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The declaration applies to all of New London County, including the Mohegan Tribal Nation and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Lamont’s office said. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 14 Jan. 2024 This year, Picasso, Vermeer, Manet, and Degas got marquee space, but so did the riveting Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, focused on the Kennedy assassination, and the Pequot Museum in southeastern Connecticut. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 Then there’s the 60th anniversary of JFK’s murder, the 25th anniversary of the Pequot Museum in Connecticut, the 100th birthday of both the Barnes Foundation and the Morgan Library, the 100th anniversary of Joaquín Sorolla’s death, and my tenth wedding anniversary. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 9 Dec. 2023 The illustration’s design features three concentric circles: The defensive stockade of the Pequot village is surrounded by two rings of tiny figures, the inner composed of colonists armed with smoking muskets, the outer of Native American warriors wielding bows and arrows. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2023 The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been welcoming visitors for more than a century as the Pequot House, the Waukesha, and the notorious Royal Hotel, which was rumored to be a brothel. Alexa Gagosz,, 11 Sep. 2023 Connecticut Tax Revenue: $14.5M | Allocation: $4.3M In the state, $3.3 million comes from the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, and $500k comes from each tribe (Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegans). Rachel Epstein, Men's Health, 22 Aug. 2023 Steve Miller for The Boston Glob The inn, situated in a Victorian-era home constructed in 1879 as The Pequot House, has been welcoming visitors to Block Island for more than a century. Carlos R. Muñoz,, 21 Aug. 2023 Authorities recovered the body Sunday of a 20-year-old East Longmeadow man whose canoe capsized Wednesday in Pequot Pond in Westfield’s Hampton Ponds State Park, after a fisherman used sonar to locate the remains, officials said. Adam Sennott,, 25 June 2023 See More

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Word History


Narragansett Pequttôog

First Known Use

1631, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Pequot was in 1631

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“Pequot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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