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[al-gong-kin, -kwin] /ælˈgɒŋ kɪn, -kwɪn/
noun, plural Algonquins (especially collectively) Algonquin for 1, 3.
a member of a group of North American Indian tribes formerly along the Ottawa River and the northern tributaries of the St. Lawrence.
their speech, a dialect of Ojibwa, of the Algonquian family of languages.
Also, Algonkin.
Origin of Algonquin
1615-25; < French; earlier Algoumequin, presumably < an Algonquian language Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Their language, which is similar to that spoken by their cousins, the Plain Crees, is also a dialect of the Algonquin tongue.

    The Great Lone Land W. F. Butler
  • The Black Hawk war in 1836 was the end of the Algonquin resistance.

    The Indian Today Charles A. Eastman
  • A story is told of a young Algonquin brave whose bride died on the day fixed for their wedding.

  • They are called Saulteaux, and are a subdivision of the great Algonquin family.

    On the Indian Trail Egerton Ryerson Young
  • I wish you could have been with me to-day on Algonquin, for we had a perfectly lovely ride.

    Letters to His Children Theodore Roosevelt
British Dictionary definitions for Algonquin


/ælˈɡɒŋkɪn; -kwɪn/
(pl) -quins, -quin, -kins, -kin. a member of a North American Indian people formerly living along the St Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers in Canada
the language of this people, a dialect of Ojibwa
noun, adjective
a variant of Algonquian
Word Origin
C17: from Canadian French, earlier written as Algoumequin; perhaps related to Micmac algoomaking at the fish-spearing place
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Algonquin

one of an Indian people living near the Ottawa River in Canada, 1620s, from French Algonquin, perhaps a contraction of Algoumequin, from Micmac algoomeaking "at the place of spearing fish and eels." But Bright suggests Maliseet (Algonquian) elægomogwik "they are our relatives or allies."

Algonquian (1885) was the name taken by ethnologists to describe a large group of North American Indian peoples, including this tribe. Algonquin Hotel (59 W. 44th St., Manhattan) opened 1902 and named by manager Frank Case for the tribe that had lived in that area. A circle of journalists, authors, critics, and wits began meeting there daily in 1919 and continued through the twenties; they called themselves "The Vicious Circle," but to others they became "The Round Table."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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