- a member of an indigenous people of Greenland, northern Canada, Alaska, and northeastern Siberia, characterized by short, stocky build and light-brown complexion.
- either of two related languages spoken by the Eskimos, one in Greenland, Canada, and northern Alaska, the other in southern Alaska and Siberia.
Origin of Eskimo
Examples from the Web for eskimos
What to do with the majestic but little seen The White Dawn (1974), a story of stranded whalers rescued by Eskimos in the Arctic.The Wonderful ‘Hemingway & Gellhorn:’ Nicole Kidman, Clive Owen, and the HBO Movie
May 28, 2012
There is a persistent and erroneous belief that the Eskimos have 50 (or 70, or 300) words for snow.Wunnerfitz! Sollybuster! The Fun of the Dictionary of American Regional English
April 12, 2012
Of course, Morgan can sell movies about ice formations to the Eskimos.Morgan Spurlock's Juicy Movie Sponsor
April 22, 2011
Love is not essential to a happy marriage among the Eskimos.
Easton and I were unarmed, but the Eskimos each carried a 45-90 Winchester rifle.
The strange Eskimos were the pilots that brought her from Fort Chimo.
The people arose and welcomed us as Eskimos always do, most cordially.
Whenever he did so one or the other, or both of the Eskimos were gazing stolidly at him.The Hound From The North
- 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
Word Origin and History for eskimos
1580s, from Danish Eskimo or Middle French Esquimaux (plural), both probably from an Algonquian word, such as Abenaki askimo (plural askimoak), Ojibwa ashkimeq, traditionally said to mean literally "eaters of raw meat," from Proto-Algonquian *ask- "raw" + *-imo "eat." Research from 1980s in linguistics of the region suggests this derivation, though widely credited there, might be inaccurate or incomplete, and the word might mean "snowshoe-netter." Cf. also Innuit. Eskimo pie "chocolate-coated ice cream bar" introduced 1921.
A widely dispersed group of peoples in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Siberia, who have traditionally survived primarily by hunting and fishing. Despite the isolation of Eskimo communities, the Eskimos display a strong cultural, racial, and linguistic unity. Many Eskimos, especially those in Canada, prefer the name Inuit.