man·​i·​tou ˈma-nə-ˌtü How to pronounce manitou (audio)
variants or manitu or less commonly manito
: a supernatural force that according to an Algonquian conception pervades the natural world

Examples of manitou in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Straub actually does something like that in Ghost Story—the monster, the manitou figure in Ghost Story, is another kind of a mirror, another kind of reflector. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, 23 Sep. 2017

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Word History


Ojibwa manito·

First Known Use

1643, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manitou was in 1643

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“Manitou.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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