man·​i·​tou | \ ˈma-nə-ˌtü How to pronounce manitou (audio) \
variants: or manitu or less commonly manito \ ˈma-​nə-​ˌtō How to pronounce manitou (audio) \

Definition of manitou

: 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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First Known Use of manitou

1643, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manitou

Ojibwa manito·

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“Manitou.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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