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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ath-uh-bas-kuh n]
    • /ˌæθ əˈbæs kən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ath-uh-bas-kuh n]
    • /ˌæθ əˈbæs kən/

Definitions of athabascan word

  • noun athabascan a family of languages spoken by American Indians in most of inland northwest Canada and Alaska, in coastal Oregon and California, and in Arizona and the Rio Grande basin, and including especially Navajo, Apache, and Chipewyan. Compare family (def 14). 1
  • noun athabascan a member of any of various American Indian peoples speaking Athabaskan. 1
  • adjective athabascan belonging to or characteristic of the Athabaskans. 1
  • noun athabascan Any member of these peoples. 0
  • adjective athabascan Pertaining to a group of peoples mostly inhabiting Alaska, western Canada, the Pacific coast of California and Oregon, and the Navajo and Apache peoples in the American Southwest. 0

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Origin of athabascan

First appearance:

before 1770
One of the 46% newest English words
1770-80; earlier Athapasca(s), introduced as a term for the Canadian Athabaskans (< Woods Cree ahδapaska·w Lake Athabaska, literally, there are reeds here and there < Proto-Algonquian *aʔlap(y)- net, reticulated + *-ašk- plant + derivational elements) + -an

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Parts of speech for Athabascan


athabascan popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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