Definition of Chipewyan in English:


Syllabification: Chip·e·wy·an
Pronunciation: /ˌCHipəˈwīən

noun (plural same or Chipewyans)

  • 1A member of a Dene people of northwestern Canada. Do not confuse with Chippewa.
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    • I have yet to encounter a Chipewyan with any interest in the question’.
    • However, between 1715 and 1769 the Chipewyans in their territory were on the edge of history only.
    • It became harder for the Canadiens to exert influence over the Cree and Chipewyans by trade goods alone.
  • 2The Athabaskan language of the Chipewyan.
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    • It was followed by Dene (Chipewyan), Inuktitut, Slavey, Dogrib and Ojibway translations.
    • Chipewyan is spoken by around 4000 native people in Northern Canada today.
    • Only a handful of people still speak Chipewyan fluently, he says, and those under 45 have only a sketchy knowledge of the language at best.


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  • Relating to the Chipewyan or their language.
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    • Treeline is one of the few facilities that replaces the motors on its boats every year, and its registered Chipewyan and Cree guides are among the country's best.
    • Though many Chipewyan people are bilingual in Chippewa or Cree, it is actually not related to those languages at all.
    • In 1715 an expedition under William Stewart of the HBC was made into Chipewyan territory.


from Cree čīpwayān, literally '(wearing) pointed-skin (garments)'.

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