- pl. -·lish a member of a group of North American Indian peoples of NW North America
- any of the languages of these peoples
- these languages as a group; Salishan
Origin of SalishSalish sälst, people
of the Salish, their language group, or their culture
nounpl. Salish also Salishan
- A family of Native American languages of the northwest United States and British Columbia.
- The group of Native American peoples speaking languages of the Salish family.
- The Flathead people.
Origin of SalishSouthern Interior Salish se'lish, Flatheads.
- Sa′lish, Sa′lish·an
- an indigenous group in Montana, the Bitterroot Salish, whose name was extended by linguists to refer to all related languages and peoples
- an adjective referring to one of two groups of indigenous peoples peoples of the Pacific Northwest, a region spanning the northwestern United States and British Columbia
- a member of one of these groups
- the family of languages of these people, which is subdivided into Coast Salish and Interior Salish