Definition of Tlingit in English:


Line breaks: Tlin|git
Pronunciation: /ˈklɪŋkɪt
, ˈklɪŋgɪt
, ˈtlɪŋ-/

noun (plural same or Tlingits)

  • 1A member of an American Indian people of the coasts and islands of SE Alaska.
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    • 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.
  • 2 [mass noun] The language of the Tlingit, which has about 2,000 surviving speakers.
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    • 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.


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  • Relating to the Tlingit or their language.
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    • 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.


the name in Tlingit.

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