Definition of Ojibwa in English:

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Pronunciation: /ōˈjibˌwā/ Pronunciation: /-wə/
(also Ojibway /-ˌwā/)

noun (plural same or Ojibwas or Ojibways)

1A member of a North American Indian people native to the region around Lake Superior. Also called Chippewa.
Example sentences
  • The Ojibwas had likewise used deception to their benefit in taking Michilimackinac.
  • The two Ojibwas affectionately nicknamed him ‘Baptiste’ or ‘Bateese’ for reasons never clear to him.
  • But long, long before the Voyageurs came the forests were home to the Sioux and the Ojibwa.
2The Algonquian language of the Ojibwa.
Example sentences
  • There are two sources of native borrowing: the Canadian Indian languages such as Cree, Dene, and Ojibwa, and Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit or Eskimo.
  • In this specific way the historical development of Miami-Illinois resembles that of Fox, one of its closest sister languages, rather than that of Ojibwa, another of its closest sister languages.


Relating to the Ojibwa or their language.
Example sentences
  • Similarly, the Native Americans of the Chippewa / Ojibwa tribes thought that the Sun's flames were being extinguished, and so during an eclipse they would launch skywards burning arrows in order to replenish it.
  • After 1840 many Metis buffalo hunters, the offspring of European fur traders and Cree and Ojibwa women, also joined these groups.
  • The portability of Ojibwa lodging - the wigwam - enabled such moves to be made quickly and easily.


From Ojibwa očipwē, probably meaning 'puckered', with reference to their style of moccasins.

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Syllabification: O·jib·wa

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