Kwa·​ki·​utl ˌkwä-kē-ˈyü-tᵊl How to pronounce Kwakiutl (audio)
plural Kwakiutl : a member of an Indigenous people of the Canadian Pacific coast
: the language of the Kwakiutl people

Examples of Kwakiutl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of his students worked on translating Indigenous languages, while Boas himself worked on analyzing the language of the Kwakiutl First Nation of British Columbia off and on for most of his life. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 Designer Rebecca Baker-Grenier (Kwakiutl/Dzawadaʼenuxw/Squamish) crafted a cape coat with her signature West Coast paintwork on it. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 22 Nov. 2023

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Word History


Kwakiutl kʷágut, kʷáguʔt, a Kwakiutl tribe

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Kwakiutl was in 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Kwakiutl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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