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
ESKIMO Defined for Kids
Definition of ESKIMO for Kids
: 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.