Pronunciation: (pou'u-tan", -hat"n),[key] —n., —pl.-tans,(esp. collectively)-tanfor 1. 1. a member of any of the Indian tribes belonging to the Powhatan Confederacy.
2. the Eastern Algonquian language spoken by the Powhatan people.
3. c1550–1618, North American Indian chief in Virginia, father of Pocahontas and founder of the Powhatan Confederacy.