Wa·​kash·​an wȯ-ˈka-shən How to pronounce Wakashan (audio) ˈwȯ-ˌka- How to pronounce Wakashan (audio)
: a family of American Indian languages spoken in coastal areas of British Columbia and northwest Washington

Word History


Nootka wa·ka·š, interjection used as a shout of approval

First Known Use

circa 1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Wakashan was circa 1895

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Cite this Entry

“Wakashan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wakashan. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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