Tsimshian

noun

Tsim·​shi·​an ˈchim-shē-ən How to pronounce Tsimshian (audio)
ˈ(t)si-
plural Tsimshian or Tsimshians
1
: a member of a group of American Indian peoples of west central British Columbia and southern Alaska
2
: the family of closely related languages spoken by the Tsimshian peoples

Word History

Etymology

Tsimshian (Coast and Southern Tsimshian languages) c̓msyan, a self-designation, literally, inside the Skeena (River)

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tsimshian was in 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Tsimshian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tsimshian. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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