Definition of Sequoyah from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also Sequoya)
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(c. 1765-1843) a Cherokee Native American who created an alphabet of 86 syllables for his people's language in the early 19th century. He is the only person known to have invented a whole alphabet. The Cherokees used it to communicate in writing, and he also recorded their history. Sequoyah had a Cherokee mother and European father. The sequoia tree is named after him. see also redwood