Mi·​ski·​to mi-ˈskē-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce Miskito (audio)
plural Miskito or Miskitos : a member of an Indigenous people of the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua and Honduras
: the language of the Miskito people

Examples of Miskito in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In distant villages inhabited by Indigenous people known as the Miskito, homes were leveled and growing fields were ravaged. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023

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Word History


earlier Musketa, Moskita, from Spanish Mosquito, from Miskito mɨskito, probably a self-designation

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Miskito was in 1697

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“Miskito.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Miskito. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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