Sa·​lish ˈsā-lish How to pronounce Salish (audio)
plural Salish : any of a group of Indigenous peoples of British Columbia and the northwestern U.S.
: the family of languages spoken by the Salish peoples
Salishan adjective or noun

Word History


Flathead dialect of Interior Salish séliš, a self-designation

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Salish was in 1843

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“Salish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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