(1595-1617) a Native American woman, who was the daughter of Chief Powhatan of the Powhatan tribe. Pocahontas saved the life of Captain John Smith, leader of the English people who had gone to live in Jamestown, Virginia, when he was about to be killed by her father. She then helped to develop friendly relations between the English and the Native Americans. Later Pocahontas married an Englishman and went to England, where she died of smallpox.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.