Algonquian

noun
Al·​gon·​qui·​an | \ al-ˈgän-kwē-ən How to pronounce Algonquian (audio) , -ˈgäŋ- \
variants: or Algonquin \ al-​ˈgän-​kwən How to pronounce Algonquin (audio) , -​ˈgäŋ-​ \ or Algonkian \ al-​ˈgäŋ-​kē-​ən How to pronounce Algonkian (audio) \ or less commonly Algonkin \ al-​ˈgäŋ-​kən How to pronounce Algonkin (audio) \

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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Cite this Entry

“Algonquian.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Algonquian. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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Algonquian

noun
Al·​gon·​qui·​an | \ al-ˈgän-kwē-ən How to pronounce Algonquian (audio) \
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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