Algonquian

noun
Al·​gon·​qui·​an | \al-ˈgän-kwē-ən, -ˈgäŋ-\
variants: or Algonquin \ -​kwən \ or Algonkian \ -​ˈgäŋ-​kē-​ən \ or less commonly Algonkin \ -​ˈgäŋ-​kən \

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

First Known Use of Algonquian

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Algonquian

Canadian French Algoumequin, Algonquin, perhaps from Malecite-Passamaquoddy (Algonquian language of Maine and New Brunswick) elakómkwik they are our relatives

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Algonquian

noun
Al·​gon·​qui·​an | \al-ˈgän-kwē-ən \
variants: or Algonquin \ -​kwən \

Kids Definition of Algonquian

1 : a group of American Indian people of southeastern Ontario and southern Quebec or their language

Hint: The word is usually Algonquin in this sense.

2 : a family of American Indian languages spoken by people from Newfoundland and Labrador to North Carolina and westward into the Great Plains

3 : a member of the group of people speaking Algonquian languages

Hint: The word is usually Algonquian in senses 2 and 3.

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