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Cree

[kree] /kri/
noun, plural Crees (especially collectively) Cree.
1.
a member of a North American Indian people of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Montana.
2.
an Algonquian language, the language of the Cree Indians.
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  • His face was almost as inscrutable as that of the Sphinx, or a Cree Indian.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
  • "Go on ahead, Tamasjo, and find the trail," said Ned to the waiting Cree.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
  • How silly that some one had not thought of the old Cree before.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
  • Every one said that Mysy's death would be a merciful release—every one but Cree.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • In one corner stood the wheel at which Cree had to fill his own pirns.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • He payed off all he owed, and so Cree's life was not, I think, a failure.

    Auld Licht Idylls

    J. M. Barrie
  • White Antelope, the kindly, peaceable Cree, who had not an enemy on the reservation!

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for Cree

cree

/kriː/
noun
1.
(South Wales & Southwest English, dialect) temporary immunity from the rules of a game: said by children
Word Origin
of unknown origin

Cree

/kriː/
noun
1.
(pl) Cree, Crees. a member of a Native American people living in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba
2.
the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
3.
a syllabic writing system of this and certain other languages
Word Origin
from first syllable of Canadian French Christianaux, probably based on Ojibwa Kenistenoag (tribal name)
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Word Origin and History for Cree

1744, from phonetic rendering of Canadian French Cris, short for Christinaux, from Ojibwa (Algonquian) *kiristino, originally referring to a group in the Hudson Bay region.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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