Sa·​hap·​tin sə-ˈhap-tən How to pronounce Sahaptin (audio)
plural Sahaptin : any of several Indigenous peoples (such as the Yakama) of the interior of northern Oregon and southern Washington
: a language spoken in a number of dialects by the Sahaptin peoples

Word History


Salish (Columbia River dialects) sḥáptnəχʷ Nez Percé

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sahaptin was in 1836

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“Sahaptin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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