Abe·​na·​ki ˌa-bə-ˈnä-kē How to pronounce Abenaki (audio)
variants or less commonly Abnaki
plural Abenaki or Abenakis also Abnaki or Abnakis : a member of a group of Algonquian-speaking (see Algonquian sense 2a) Indigenous peoples of northern New England and adjoining parts of Quebec
: either of the two Algonquian languages spoken by the Abenaki peoples

Examples of Abenaki in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Get a taste of Quebec with hearty eats, including Abenaki poutine and the wagyu beef burger, or indulge in a classic French-Canadian sugar shack brunch for $75 per person — a prix-fixe menu that incorporates the province’s famous maple syrup in each of the four courses. Annie Archer, Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2024 And like those southern border towns, Pittsburg sits on land that was once fiercely contested — first between the French and British and the Abenaki, who used its wilderness to the north as their hunting grounds, and later between the British and the Americans. Jazmine Ulloa, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Some of the Pilgrims' first visitors were founding people and custodians of the land, including an Abenaki Indian and a member of the Pawtuxet tribe called Squanto. Fiona Tapp, Parents, 20 Aug. 2023 Her lifetime of work will be recognized in Peterborough, N.H., on Sunday, when the Abenaki artist will receive a prestigious Edward MacDowell Medal, joining a club that includes Toni Morrison, David Lynch, and others. Amanda Gokee, BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2023 But to Agnes’ dismay, this hallowed land, formerly Abenaki territory, is threatened with desecration by a local developer who hopes to build a resort and village on Fellowship Point by luring shareholders with the promise of an economic windfall. Heller McAlpin, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 July 2022 The site adds that Haida call the full moon the Berries Ripen Moon, the Anishinaabe prefer the Blooming Moon, the Cherokee call it the Green Corn Moon, and the Western Abenaki refer to it as the Hoer Moon. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 May 2021 The final result is a list of state-specific cuisines, each based on a longstanding diaspora (like Vietnamese food in Louisiana), an Indigenous community (Abenaki in Vermont), or something totally endemic (New Mexican in New Mexico). Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Sep. 2020 The library also houses a variety of memorabilia and artifacts, including a collection of Abenaki stone tools, and early Vergennes photographs. Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, 4 May 2023

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Word History


Eastern Abenaki wαpánahki, Western Abenaki wǫbanakii, literally, dawn land people, easterners

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Abenaki was in 1698

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“Abenaki.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Abenaki. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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