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noun, plural In·nu·its, (especially collectively) In·nu·it.
  1. Inuit.


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[in-oo-it, -yoo-]
noun, plural In·u·its, (especially collectively) In·u·it for 1.
  1. a member of the Eskimo peoples inhabiting northernmost North America from northern Alaska to eastern Canada and Greenland.
  2. the language of the Inuit, a member of the Eskimo-Aleut family comprising a variety of dialects.

Origin of Inuit

1755–65; < Inuit: people, plural of inuk person
Also called Inupik.

Usage note

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Examples from the Web for innuit

Historical Examples

  • From the seal they have learned to make the igloo, which is the house of the Innuit.

    The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6

    E. Rameur

  • These Innuit are known by the other subdivisions as Ta hg myut.

  • The Innuit's summer home is very different from his winter home.


    Ella Higginson

  • Now the woman Olillie had been bred from an Eskimo mother by an Innuit man.

    The Faith of Men

    Jack London

  • This land-whale with its tail in front once lived in the land of the Innuit.

    The New North

    Agnes Deans Cameron

British Dictionary definitions for innuit


  1. a variant spelling of Inuit



noun plural -it or -its
  1. any of several Native peoples of N America or Greenland, as distinguished from those from Asia or the Aleutian Islands (who are still generally referred to as Eskimos); the preferred term for Eskimo in N AmericaCompare Yupik
  2. the language of these peoples; Inuktitut

Word Origin

from Inuktitut inuit the people, pl of inuk a man


See Eskimo
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Word Origin and History for innuit


1765, from Inupiaq Eskimo inuit "people," plural of inuk "man, person."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper