Definition of Aleut in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈljuːt
, ˈalɪuːt


  • 1A member of a people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands, other islands in the Bering Sea, and parts of western Alaska.
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    • These tribes include Eskimo (the largest), Aleuts, Alaska Athabaskan, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, American Indian, and ‘Tribes Not Reported or Specific’.
    • The Native American population, which includes natives of Alaska such as the Inuit and Aleuts, is estimated to consist of over two million people, slightly over 1 percent of the population.
    • If a case could be made, for example, that African Americans had suffered from government-sanctioned discrimination in the recent past, they - not Aleuts, Filipinos, or women - should be the beneficiaries of relief.
  • 2 [mass noun] The language of the Aleuts, related to Eskimo but now almost extinct.
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    • Take Aleut, the language of the Aleutian Islands, west of Alaska, surviving mainly in just one village.
    • While Aleut is considered a separate language, Eskimo branches into Inuit and Yup'ik.
    • ‘Alaska’ means ‘Great Land’ in Aleut, but for many of today's Native Americans, it has become a place of great suffering as well.


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  • Relating to the Aleuts or their language.
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    • An Aleut language expert is consulting with native elders for an appropriate name.
    • A lot of our culture was lost because of education and religion that came in, banning the culture of the Aleut people.
    • For a look at island history, try the Baranov Museum and its exhibits on Russian, Alutiiq, and Aleut history.


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