Definition of Assiniboin in English:


Syllabification: As·sin·i·boin
Pronunciation: /əˈsinəˌboin
(also Assiniboine)

noun (plural same or Assiniboins)

  • 1A member of an American Indian people formerly living in southern Manitoba, but now living in Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan.
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    • A tribe of hunters, the Assiniboins exchanged dried meat for British guns, brass kettles and cloth.
    • The Chippewa forged a new alliance with the Crees and Assiniboins to the north against the Dakota nation.
    • A nomadic tribe, the Assiniboin dwelled in the transportable tipi, easily moved to follow game.
  • 2The Siouan language of the Assiniboin.


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  • Relating to the Assiniboin or their language.


late 17th century: from Canadian French, from Ojibwa assini:pwa:n 'stone Sioux', from assin 'stone' + pwa:n 'Sioux'.

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