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[in-oo-it, -yoo-] /ˈɪn u ɪt, -yu-/
noun, plural Inuits (especially collectively) Inuit for 1.
a member of the Eskimo peoples inhabiting northernmost North America from northern Alaska to eastern Canada and Greenland.
the language of the Inuit, a member of the Eskimo-Aleut family comprising a variety of dialects.
Also called Inupik.
Origin of Inuit
1755-65; < Inuit: people, plural of inuk person
Usage note
See Eskimo, Indian. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She wept about it, and begged the Inuit to help her get him back.

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales Clara Kern Bayliss
  • When the Inuit saw this they cried, "Itajung, your wife is flying away."

    A Treasury of Eskimo Tales Clara Kern Bayliss
  • Here is the stone the Inuit uses for pots—what you call soapstone.

    Adrift in the Ice-Fields Charles W. Hall
  • When the Inuit saw this they called out, Ititaujang, your wife is flying away.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • His jacket has an enormous hood, which is an object of fear to the Inuit.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • Later on the Inuit were more successful in sealing and they had an abundance of meat.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
  • She lamented about it to the Inuit, and at length a man and his wife promised to help her.

    The Central Eskimo Franz Boas
British Dictionary definitions for Inuit


noun (pl) -it, -its
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 America Compare Yupik
the language of these peoples; Inuktitut
Word Origin
from Inuktitut inuit the people, pl of inuk a man
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