What does pocahontas mean?

Definitions for pocahontasˌpoʊ kəˈhɒn təs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Pocahontas, Matoaka, Rebecca Rolfe(noun)

    a Powhatan woman (the daughter of Powhatan) who befriended the English at Jamestown and is said to have saved Captain John Smith's life (1595-1617)


  1. Pocahontas(Noun)

    A Native American woman.

  2. Origin: After Pocahontas, a famous young Native American woman


  1. Pocahontas

    Pocahontas was a Virginia Indian notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief of a network of tributary tribal nations in the Tidewater region of Virginia. In a well-known historical anecdote, she is said to have saved the life of an Indian captive, Englishman John Smith, in 1607 by placing her head upon his own when her father raised his war club to execute him. Pocahontas was captured by the English during Anglo-Indian hostilities in 1613, and held for ransom. During her captivity, she converted to Christianity and took the name Rebecca. When the opportunity arose for her to return to her people, she chose to remain with the English. In April 1614, she married tobacco planter John Rolfe, and in January 1615, bore him a son, Thomas Rolfe. Pocahontas's marriage to Rolfe was the first recorded interracial marriage in American history. In 1616, the Rolfes traveled to London. Pocahontas was presented to English society as an example of the civilized "savage" in hopes of stimulating investment in the Jamestown settlement. She became something of a celebrity, was elegantly fêted, and attended a masque at Whitehall Palace. In 1617, the Rolfes set sail for home, but Pocahontas died at Gravesend of unknown causes. She was buried in a church in Gravesend, but the exact location of her grave is unknown.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Pocahontas

    the daughter of an Indian chief in Virginia, who favoured the English settlers there, saving the life of Captain Smith the coloniser, and afterwards married John Rolfe, one of the settlers; came to England, and was presented at Court; several Virginian families trace their descent to her.

Editors Contribution

  1. pocahontas

    L may be old but the Indian defination of Pocahontas came from her father. Not word for word but the meaning was" One who complains a lot,Pohacon always argues" Which ,by the way would for it her argueing to save the life of John Smith

    Pocahontas aruged to her tribe, to spare the life of settler John Smith.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pocahontas in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pocahontas in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Elizabeth Warren:

    I’ve noticed that every time my name comes up, President Trump likes to talk about Pocahontas.

  2. Elizabeth Warren:

    Not Pocahontas, the fictional character most Americans know from the movies, but Pocahontas, the Native woman who really lived, and whose real story has been passed down to so many of you through the generations.

  3. President Trump:

    I have a feeling that in the next election you're going to be swamped with candidates, you'll have plenty of those Democrats coming over and you'll say 'No sir. No ma'am, perhaps ma'am. It may be Pocahontas, remember that. And she is not big for the NRA that I can tell you.

  4. Tara Houska:

    Greeting indigenous Code Talkers in front of that portrait, knowing Andrew Jackson is responsible for the Trail of Tears, is disrespectful -- it's worse than that. It's appallingly out of touch, this isn't the first time he's attempted to slur Elizabeth Warren by calling her Pocahontas, who was a real person, and he diminished an entire demographic of native women to a single figure in history who's been largely fetishized and whose traumatic story has been whitewashed by the American narrative.

  5. Tom Hanks:

    I don't think I would. Because I think that at some point — look, I didn't think things were going to be this way last November. I would not have been able to imagine that we would be living in a country where neo-Nazis are doing torchlight parades in Charlottesville [ Va. ] and jokes about Pocahontas are being made in front of the Navajo code talkers. And individually we have to decide when we take to the ramparts, you don't take to the ramparts necessarily right away, but you do have to start weighing things. You may think : ‘ You know what ? I think now is the time. ’ This is the moment where, in some ways, our personal choices are going to have to reflect our opinions. We have to start voting, actually, before the election. So, I would probably vote not to go.

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