noun Es·ki·mo \ˈes-kə-ˌmō\

Definition of ESKIMO

plural Eskimo or Eskimos now sometimes offensive :  a member of a group of peoples of northern Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and eastern Siberia
:  any of the languages of the Eskimo peoples
Es·ki·mo·an \ˌes-kə-ˈmō-ən\ adjective

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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noun Es·ki·mo \ˈe-skə-ˌmō\
plural Es·ki·mos

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.


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