Sometimes Offensive. a member of a group of Indigenous peoples of Greenland, northern Canada, Alaska, and northeastern Siberia.: See Usage note at the current entry.
any of the languages of these peoples, divided into two branches: Inuit, spoken in Greenland, Canada, and northern Alaska, and Yupik, spoken in southern Alaska and Siberia.
Sometimes Offensive. of or relating to a group of Indigenous peoples of Greenland, northern Canada, Alaska, and northeastern Siberia or their languages.
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Eskimo continues to be used in certain contexts, especially in historical and archaeological reference to these peoples as a cultural and linguistic group. However, broad use of Eskimo, as in marketing and branding, has largely been rejected, and products, sports teams, or companies that used the word in the past are finding new names.
- Es·ki·mo·an, adjective
- Es·ki·moid [es-kuh-moid], /ˈɛs kəˌmɔɪd/, adjective
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How to use Eskimo in a sentence
Fox News producers nicknamed the Palins “The Bitch” and “The Eskimo.”Speed Read: 25 Extraordinary Roger Ailes Revelations From ‘The Loudest Voice in the Room’ | Lloyd Grove | January 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The day ends in Iowa, of all places, with a one-sentence entry: “Christian K. Nelson took out a patent on the Eskimo Pie.”
We wait for the two to just Eskimo kiss in the corner underneath the mistletoe already.Ahead of Debate, Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly’s Secret Bromance (VIDEO) | Kevin Fallon | October 5, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Further, the decision is tailored so narrowly that, were it legislation, it would be a classic “redheaded Eskimo.”What the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ Prop 8 Ruling Really Means | Ben Jacobs | February 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I half-expected to see an Eskimo in a huskie-driven sled whiz by.
The Indian pipe is copied from the Eskimo, as the latter were the first to obtain and use tobacco.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
The Chukchees use a pipe similar to those of the Eskimo, but with a much larger and shorter stem.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Fortunately, the Eskimo has taught us that the skin really can be cleansed with oil as well as with water.The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
After the birds came the Eskimo cases, and after them, those given over to the American Indians.Sunny Boy in the Big City | Ramy Allison White
The Eskimo of Greenland, at the other end of the world, divide their tales into two classes: the ancient and the modern.The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
British Dictionary definitions for Eskimo
plural -mos or -mo a member of a group of peoples inhabiting N Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and E Siberia, having a material culture adapted to an extremely cold climate
the language of these peoples
a family of languages that includes Eskimo and Aleut
relating to, denoting, or characteristic of the Eskimos
- Former spelling: Esquimau
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