- a member of a formerly numerous North American Indian people originally inhabiting the northern shore of the mouth of the Columbia River and the adjacent territory.
- either of the two languages of the Chinook Indians.Compare Lower Chinook, Upper Chinook.
- (lowercase) a warm, dry wind that blows at intervals down the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
- (lowercase) chinook salmon.
- a U.S. Army cargo helicopter in service since 1962 and capable of ferrying 12 tons of supplies and troops.
Examples from the Web for chinook
The Chinook vibrated with deeper and deeper groans until its twin engines managed to heave up our dead weight.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
The note promised to send more pictures “like before,” and included a photograph of a Chinook helicopter unloading supplies.Exclusive: ‘Pro-Troop’ Charity Pays Off Tea Party Cronies Instead
August 5, 2014
Chinook For this crowd, a spelling bee is no matter to be joked about.Fainting, Confusion, Screams: The 9 Best Spelling Bee Stumpers (VIDEO)
May 31, 2012
Next he says a double rotor Chinook landed inside the compound.Osama Was My Neighbor
Ron Moreau, Sami Yousafzai
May 2, 2011
Chinook is a combination of English, French and Indian words.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
Need I add that tum-tum in the Chinook jargon signifies the soul!Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska
Charles Warren Stoddard
His Chinook jargon was published by the Smithsonian Institution.Albert Gallatin
John Austin Stevens
The girl said something to the officer in the Chinook language.Northern Lights
Was she to become another of those that the first chinook uncovered?The Fighting Shepherdess
- Also called: snow eater a warm dry southwesterly wind blowing down the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains
- Also called: wet chinook a warm moist wind blowing onto the Washington and Oregon coasts from the sea
- plural -nook or -nooks a Native American people of the Pacific coast near the Columbia River
- the language of this people, probably forming a separate branch of the Penutian phylum
Word Origin and History for chinook
name for a group of related native people in the Columbia River region of Washington and Oregon, from Salishan /činuk/, name of a village site. Name also extended to a type of salmon (1851) and warm spring wind. Chinook jargon was a mishmash of native (Chinook and Nootka), French, and English words; it once was lingua franca in the Pacific Northwest, and it is the earliest attested use of the word (1840).
- A moist, warm wind blowing from the sea in coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest.
- A warm, dry wind descending from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, causing a rapid rise in temperature. These winds often melt snow quite rapidly, at times at a rate of up to a foot per hour. See also foehn.