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na-dene

Na-De·ne
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Transcription

    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [nah, nuh deen]
    • /nɑ, nə din/
    • /na diːn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [nah, nuh deen]
    • /nɑ, nə din/

Definitions of na-dene word

  • noun na-dene a group of North American Indian languages, comprising the Athabaskan family, Eyak, Tlingit, and Haida, hypothetically considered to be descendants of a single protolanguage: the genetic relationship of either Tlingit or Haida to Athabaskan and Eyak is now disputed. 1
  • noun na-dene the hypothesized protolanguage itself. 1
  • adjective na-dene of, belonging to, or pertaining to Na-Dene. 1
  • noun na-dene a phylum of North American Indian languages including Athapascan, Tlingit, and Haida 0
  • noun na-dene a proposed grouping of North American Indian language families, including the Athabaskan languages, Tlingit, and Haida 0

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Origin of na-dene

First appearance:

before 1915
One of the 14% newest English words
1915; name coined by Edward Sapir from assumed reflexes of a single Na-Dene root: Haida na to live, house, Tlingit na people, Athabaskan *-ne in dene, representing a word in Athabaskan languages for “person, people,” e.g., Navajo diné

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Parts of speech for Na-dene

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na-dene popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 59% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 51% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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