Eskimo

play
noun Es·ki·mo \ˈe-skə-ˌmō\

Definition of Eskimo

  1. 1 plural Eskimo or Eskimos now sometimes offensive :  a member of a group of peoples of northern Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and eastern Siberia

  2. 2 now sometimes offensive :  any of the languages of the Eskimo peoples

Eskimoan

play \ˌe-skə-ˈmō-ən\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of eskimo

obsolete Esquimawe, probably from Spanish esquimao, from Montagnais (Algonquian language of eastern Canada) aiachkime8 Micmac, Eskimo; probably akin to modern Montagnais assime·w she laces a snowshoe, Ojibwa aškime·


Learn More about eskimo


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Eskimo? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!