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[oh-jib-wey, -wuh] /oʊˈdʒɪb weɪ, -wə/
noun, plural Ojibwas (especially collectively) Ojibwa.
a member of a large tribe of North American Indians found in Canada and the U.S., principally in the region around Lakes Huron and Superior but extending as far west as Saskatchewan and North Dakota.
an Algonquian language used by the Ojibwa, Algonquin, and Ottawa Indians.
Also, Ojibway.
Also called Chippewa.
Origin of Ojibwa
1690-1700, Americanism; < Ojibwa očipwe·, orig. the name of a single local group Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Ojibwa
Historical Examples
  • In the Ojibwa tongue, disaster; an unexpected affliction that strikes hard.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • It was the Metropolis of a portion of the Ojibwa, and Ottawa nations.

    Old Mackinaw W. P. Strickland.
  • It was the metropolis of a portion of the Ojibwa and Ottawa nations.

    Old Mackinaw W. P. Strickland.
  • On Thursday evening there came Hole-in-the-day, an Ojibwa chief, with ten men.

    Mary and I

    Stephen Return Riggs
  • Nabinoi / Nabanoi / Nabunwa seem to refer to the same Ojibwa elder.

    The Indian in his Wigwam Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • Ronald asked, anxiously, when the Ojibwa had finished his tale.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • It was evident that the Ojibwa himself had reason to fear Le Forgeron.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • The boat was undisturbed, and there were no signs of the Ojibwa.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • He had the Ojibwa in his power and could do what he willed with him.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
  • Not far away the Ojibwa found other tracks, made by another man.

    The Island of Yellow Sands E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
British Dictionary definitions for Ojibwa


(pl) -was, -wa. a member of a North American Indian people living in a region west of Lake Superior
the language of this people, belonging to the Algonquian family
Also Chippewa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Ojibwa

Algonquian people of North America living along the shores of Lake Superior, 1700, from Ojibwa O'chepe'wag "plaited shoes," in reference to their puckered moccasins, which were unlike those of neighboring tribes. The older form in English is Chippewa, which is usually retained in U.S., but since c.1850 Canadian English has taken up the more phonetically correct Ojibwa, and as a result the two forms of the word have begun to be used in reference to slightly differing groups in the two countries. Some modern Chippewas prefer anishinaabe, which means "original people."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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