Definition of Algonquian
1 usually Algonquin a : an American Indian people of the Ottawa River valley b : the dialect of Ojibwa spoken by these people
2 usually Algonquian a : a family of American Indian languages spoken by peoples from Labrador to Carolina and westward into the Great Plains b : a member of the peoples speaking Algonquian languages
Origin of algonquian
Canadian French Algoumequin, Algonquin, perhaps from Malecite-Passamaquoddy (Algonquian language of Maine and New Brunswick) elakómkwik they are our relatives
First Known Use: 1625
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