Tlin·​git ˈtliŋ-kət How to pronounce Tlingit (audio)
 also  ˈkliŋ-
plural Tlingit or Tlingits : a member of a group of First Nations peoples of the islands and coast of southern Alaska
: the language of the Tlingit peoples
Tlingit adjective

Examples of Tlingit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, a member of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, will speak on May 11 to honor the center’s decades of service to the community. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2024 Kate Nelson An Alaska Native Tlingit tribal member, Kate Nelson is an award-winning writer and editor living in Minneapolis. Kate Nelson, ELLE, 1 Aug. 2023 Learn, too, about Tlingit Indigenous Alaskans who reside in nearby Hoonah, Alaska’s largest such settlement. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Mar. 2024 The last brain to be returned was sent to a Tlingit family in Sitka, Alaska, in 2007. Claire Healy, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 Lance Twitchell, a professor out of Alaska brought us his series, Tongue Unbroken, which highlights his work as a member of the Tlingit tribe to preserve their native language. Goldie Chan, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 The Farmer’s Almanac also lists other historic names, including: the digging moon (a Tlingit name), deer rutting moon (Dakota and Lakota), whitefish moon (Algonquin), frost moon (Cree and Assiniboine), and freezing moon (Anishinaabe). Emily Newhouse, Allure, 22 Nov. 2023 Even so, grants won’t cover the entire cost of a repatriation, said Rosita Worl, president of Sealaska Heritage Institute and a Tlingit citizen. Nicole Santa Cruz, ProPublica, 20 Oct. 2023 Ehlers, a Juneau artist, has spent much of the past 30 years practicing the art of Chilkat weaving, an intricate form that has become an iconic cultural symbol for Tlingit people and other Indigenous groups from the Pacific Northwest. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Tlingit łi·ngít human being

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tlingit was in 1865

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“Tlingit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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