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Algonquin

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Pronunciation: /alˈɡɒŋkwɪn
 
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(also Algonkin)

Definition of Algonquin in English:

noun

1A member of an American Indian people living in Canada along the Ottawa River and its tributaries and westward to the north of Lake Superior.
Example sentences
  • Montagnais, Algonkins and Hurons engaged in exchange involving goods, people, and ideas with both kinds of French.
  • Soon, Montagnais, Algonquins, Hurons, and French, and how many more, would form a single people.
  • His book reported that by 1640 two trade networks competed, one made up of the Algonquin, Huron, and French, and the other consisting of the Oneidas, Dutch, and English.
2 [mass noun] The Algonquian language of the Algonquin people, with about 3,000 speakers.
Example sentences
  • An eighth language of the same subgroup of the Algonquian family, Algonquin, is listed separately, apparently for historical rather than linguistic reasons.
  • Everyone here came from somewhere else, unless your native language is Algonquin.
  • Although he is far better known for his novels, Norman continues to work as a translator from Algonquin and Cree.

adjective

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Relating to the Algonquin people or their language.
Example sentences
  • And that's in Cree, which comes from the Algonquin language.
  • According to Algonquin legend, Tremblant would receive a violent shaking from the god Manitou if man ever disturbed its natural setting.
  • Illiniwek was the name of the loose confederation of Algonquin tribes that once lived in the area.

Origin

French, contraction of obsolete Algoumequin, from a Micmac word meaning 'at the place of spearing fish and eels'.

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