Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) the Iroquoian language spoken by the Seneca
  2. (noun, person) a member of the Iroquoian people formerly living in New York State south of Lake Ontario
  3. (noun, person) Roman statesman and philosopher who was an advisor to Nero; his nine extant tragedies are modeled on Greek tragedies (circa 4 BC - 65 AD)

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Synonyms of Seneca

lucius annaeus seneca

Alternate forms of Seneca

Derivations: senecan

Hypernyms: iroquoian, iroquoian language, iroquois

Origin of the word Seneca

  1. 1616, from Du. Sennecas, collective name for the upper N.Y. Iroquois tribes, of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Mahican name for the Oneida or their village. Earlier sinnekens, senakees; form probably infl. by the name of the ancient Roman philosopher. more

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