noun Chi·nook \shə-ˈnu̇k, chə-, -ˈnük\

Definition of Chinook





  1. 1 :  a member of an American Indian people of the north shore of the Columbia River at its mouth

  2. 2 :  a Chinookan language of the Chinook and other nearby peoples

  3. 3 or less commonly chinook a :  a warm moist southwest wind of the coast from Oregon northwardb :  a warm dry wind that descends the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains

  4. 4 or less commonly chinook :  chinook salmon

Origin and Etymology of chinook

Lower Chehalis (Salishan language of western Washington) c̓inúk, name of a Chinook village

First Known Use: 1795

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