mal·​a·​mute ˈma-lə-ˌmyüt How to pronounce malamute (audio)
variants or less commonly malemute
: a sled dog of northern North America
especially : alaskan malamute

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Zubik, a black and white part-malamute, lost one of his front legs. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2023 Amaru, a malamute mix, is waiting alone in the snow when the bus arrives, and quickly hops on and takes a seat. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Jan. 2023 Medium to large dog breeds, like the Siberian husky, Samoyed and malamute, are better adapted to extreme cold because of their thick double coats, according to the American Kennel Club. Gene Myers, USA TODAY, 28 Jan. 2022 Cuomo first introduced Captain in 2018 as a mix of shepherd, Siberian and malamute during the New York Conference of Mayors at the Executive Mansion, the Times Union reported. Jessica Chasmar, Fox News, 23 Aug. 2021 In the oceanside Beach Road neighborhood, after a 600-foot slab of mountain slid into the water last Wednesday, a small mission to retrieve a 156-pound malamute named Gooch — stuck inside his owner’s home for two days — was underway. Jenna Kunze, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Dec. 2020 Most mixes are part husky, German shepherd or malamute. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2020 They are related to but distinct from Arctic breeds like huskies and malamutes, which appear to have arrived with later migrations into North America. James Gorman, New York Times, 5 July 2018 The dog, named Smokey, was part pit bull, Labrador and malamute. Steve Helling,, 12 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History


Malemute, an Inupiat of the Kotzebue Sound area, Alaska, from Inupiat malimiut

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malamute was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Malamute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also malemute
: a sled dog of northern North America
especially : alaskan malamute
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