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Aleut

[uh-loot, al-ee-oot] /əˈlut, ˈæl iˌut/
noun
1.
Also, Aleutian. a member of a people native to the Aleutian Islands and the western Alaska Peninsula who are related physically and culturally to the Eskimos.
2.
the language of the Aleuts, distantly related to Eskimo: a member of the Eskimo-Aleut family.
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  • It isn't English and it doesn't sound like Aleut or Russian.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • These things were language that even an Aleut could understand.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough
  • They all fell to work now, the boys at one of the cubs and the Aleut at the other.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough
  • Jimmy caught up his bow and arrows, and the Aleut boy his short spear.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough
  • The young Aleut was awake also, but he smiled as he sat up on the blankets.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough
  • It opened, and the swarthy face of the Aleut chief peered in.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough
  • The Aleut boy did not at first reply, because he did not know how to do so.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough
  • It was always a problem how much English the Aleut understood or did not understand.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough
  • The Aleut chief threw himself on the ground and began to chant.

    The Young Alaskans

    Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for Aleut

Aleut

/æˈluːt; ˈæliːˌʊt/
noun
1.
a member of a people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands and SW Alaska, related to the Inuit
2.
the language of this people, related to Inuktitut
Word Origin
from Russian aleút, probably of Chukchi origin
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Word Origin and History for Aleut

native of the Aleutian Islands, 1780, of unknown origin, probably from a native word. First applied by Russian explorers c.1750, perhaps from Alut, name of a coastal village in Kamchatka [Bright]. Their name for themselves is unangax.

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