Definition of Tlingit in English:

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Tlingit

Pronunciation: /ˈtliNG(ɡ)it/

noun (plural same or Tlingits)

1A member of an American Indian people of the coasts and islands of southeastern Alaska and adjacent British Columbia.
Example sentences
  • The bag was collected in the early twentieth century by Gregory Charles, a teacher in Telegraph Creek, British Columbia, where the Tahltans and Tlingits conducted trade with each other and the outside world.
  • In Tlingit society today, even though many Tlingits marry other Tlingits, there exists a great deal of interracial marriage, which has changed some of the dynamics of family and clan relationships.
  • The man never stopped talking, and he talked with everyone he met - white farmers, black freedmen, women of all ages, hordes of children, ministers of the gospel, a canoe full of Tlingits paddling along the Alaska coast.
2The Na-Dene language of the Tlingit.
Example sentences
  • In the nineteenth century, the first attempts were made to communicate in Tlingit through writing.
  • Gregor muttered something in Tlingit and Dmitri abruptly released him.
  • The other clan held what amounts to an oral copyright, requiring that the story only be told, word-for-word, by an approved clan member who has committed it to memory, in Tlingit.

adjective

Relating to the Tlingit or their language.
Example sentences
  • Unlike the English alphabet of 26 letters, the Tlingit language has at least 32 consonants and eight vowels.
  • An anthropologist of Tsimshian and Tlingit descent, his principles are derived from his experience with the Gitkxaala Nation in British Columbia.
  • This book celebrates Tlingit traditions and demonstrates their unique facets.

Origin

The name in Tlingit.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Tlin·git

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