Origin of eskimo
obsolete Esquimawe, probably from Spanish esquimao, from Montagnais (Algonquian language of eastern Canada) aiachkime8 Micmac, Eskimo; probably akin to modern Montagnais assime·w she laces a snowshoe, Ojibwa aškime·
First Known Use: 1584
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Definition of Eskimo
: a member of a group of peoples of Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, and eastern Siberia Hint: In the past, this word was not considered offensive. Some people, however, now prefer Inuit.
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