As·​sin·​i·​boine ə-ˈsi-nə-ˌbȯin How to pronounce Assiniboine (audio)
variants or less commonly Assiniboin
plural Assiniboine or Assiniboines also Assiniboin or Assiniboins
: a member of a First Nations people originally of the Great Plains between the upper Missouri and middle Saskatchewan rivers

called also Hohe, Nakota

Note: The name Nakota is often used by Assiniboine as a self-designation.

Word History


Ojibwa dialect assini·pwa·n, literally, stone Sioux

First Known Use

1690, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Assiniboine was in 1690

Dictionary Entries Near Assiniboine

Cite this Entry

“Assiniboine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

As·​sin·​i·​boine ə-ˈsi-nə-ˌbȯin How to pronounce Assiniboine (audio)
river 665 miles (1070 kilometers) long in Canada, rising in southeastern Saskatchewan and flowing south and east across southern Manitoba into the Red River
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