Eskimo

noun Es·ki·mo \ ˈe-skə-ˌmō \

Definition of Eskimo

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


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Eskimo

noun Es·ki·mo \ ˈe-skə-ˌmō \

Definition of Eskimo for Students

sometimes offensive
plural Eskimos
:a member of a group of peoples of Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, and eastern Siberia Hint: In the past, this word was not considered offensive. Some people, however, now prefer Inuit.

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