Definition of Powhatan
1. Noun. Indian chief and founder of the Powhatan confederacy of tribes in eastern Virginia; father of Pocahontas (1550?-1618).
Generic synonyms: Algonquian, Algonquin, Indian Chief, Indian Chieftain
2. Noun. A member of the Algonquian people who formerly lived in eastern Virginia.
3. Noun. The Algonquian language of the Powhatan.
Lexicographical Neighbors of Powhatan
Literary usage of Powhatan
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"Bill by Anna E. Johnson and others against the powhatan Mining Company, Incorporated, and others. Prom a decree dismissing the bill, the plaintiffs appeal. ..."
2. The Book of American Pastimes: Containing a History of the Principal Base by Charles A. Peverelly (1866)
"powhatan and Oriental. (For the championship of the Juniors. ... powhatan, 11; Star, 46. In 1861 the Club became in a measure disorganized, on account of so ..."
3. Narratives of Early Virginia, 1606-1625 by Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1907)
"These being kindly received a shore; with 2. or 300. Salvages were conducted to their towne. powhatan strained himselfe to the uttermost of his ..."
4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"John Smith, in 1607, was held for some time by powhatan as a prisoner, ... Two years later powhatan was crowned "Emperor of the Indies" by Smith and Capt. ..."
5. English Colonies in America by John Andrew Doyle (1889)
"powhatan, upon the arrival of the stranger, demanded a chain of pearls, which had been agreed on as a token for all messengers from Dale. ..."
6. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1875)
"powhatan, an E. county of Virginia, bordered N. by the James river and S. by ... powhatan, an American Indian sachem, born about 1550, died in Virginia in ..."
7. Old Virginia and Her Neighbours by John Fiske (1897)
"The captain sent the messengers back to Father powhatan, Smith'smes- ,, T/.••. ... With some of hell's fiercest passions smouldering powhatan. I 1. j. ..."