Definition of Aleut in English:

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Aleut

Pronunciation: /əˈljuːt/
Pronunciation: /ˈalɪuːt/

noun

1A member of a people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands, other islands in the Bering Sea, and parts of western Alaska.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The American Indian or Alaska native classification includes Native Americans, Eskimos, and Aleuts who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories.
2 [mass noun] The language of the Aleuts, related to Eskimo but now almost extinct.
Example sentences
  • 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.

adjective

Relating to the Aleuts or their language.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Of unknown origin.

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