[ al-gong-kin, -kwin ]
/ ælˈgɒŋ kɪn, -kwɪn /

noun, plural Al·gon·quins, (especially collectively) Al·gon·quin 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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Algonkin (ælˈɡɒŋkɪn)

/ (ælˈɡɒŋkɪn, -kwɪn) /


plural -quins, -quin, -kins or -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 for Algonquin

C17: from Canadian French, earlier written as Algoumequin; perhaps related to Micmac algoomaking at the fish-spearing place
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