Algonquian

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noun Al·gon·qui·an \ al-ˈgän-kwē-ən , -ˈgäŋ- \
variants: or Algonquin play \-kwən\ or Algonkian play \-ˈgäŋ-kē-ən\ or less commonly Algonkin play \-ˈgäŋ-kən\

Definition of Algonquian

1 usually Algonquin
a :an American Indian people of the Ottawa River valley
b :the dialect of Ojibwa spoken by these people
2 usually Algonquian
a :a family of American Indian languages spoken by peoples from Labrador to Carolina and westward into the Great Plains
b :a member of the peoples speaking Algonquian languages

Origin and Etymology of algonquian

Canadian French Algoumequin, Algonquin, perhaps from Malecite-Passamaquoddy (Algonquian language of Maine and New Brunswick) elakómkwik they are our relatives


ALGONQUIAN Defined for Kids

Algonquian

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noun Al·gon·qui·an \ al-ˈgän-kwē-ən \
variants: or Algonquin \-kwən\

Definition of Algonquian for Students

1 :a group of American Indian people of southeastern Ontario and southern Quebec or their language Hint: The word is usually Algonquin in this sense.
2 :a family of American Indian languages spoken by people from Newfoundland and Labrador to North Carolina and westward into the Great Plains
3 :a member of the group of people speaking Algonquian languages Hint: The word is usually Algonquian in senses 2 and 3.

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