Yu·​pik ˈyü-(ˌ)pik How to pronounce Yupik (audio)
plural Yupik also Yupiks or Yupiit ˈyü-ˌpēt How to pronounce Yupik (audio)
: a member of a group of indigenous peoples of chiefly southwestern Alaska and eastern Siberia
: the languages of the Yupik people

Examples of Yupik in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Residents filled the gym at John Apangalook School in Gambell, home to the King Polar Bears — or Qughsatkut in Siberian Yupik— sports teams. Mark Thiessen, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2023 Heads bowed for an invocation offered in Siberian Yupik. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Central Alaskan Yupik yúppik, literally, authentic person

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Yupik was in 1951

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“Yupik.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Yupik. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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