Innuit

[ in-oo-it, -yoo- ]
/ ˈɪn u ɪt, -yu- /
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noun, plural In·nu·its, (especially collectively) In·nu·it.

Definition for innuit (2 of 2)

Inuit

or In·nu·it

[ in-oo-it, -yoo- ]
/ ˈɪn u ɪt, -yu- /

noun, plural In·u·its, (especially collectively) In·u·it for 1.

a member of the Eskimo peoples inhabiting northernmost North America from northern Alaska to eastern Canada and Greenland.
the language of the Inuit, a member of the Eskimo-Aleut family comprising a variety of dialects.

Origin of Inuit

1755–65; < Inuit: people, plural of inuk person
Also called Inupik.

Usage note

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British Dictionary definitions for innuit (1 of 2)

Innuit

/ (ˈɪnjuːɪt) /

noun

a variant spelling of Inuit

British Dictionary definitions for innuit (2 of 2)

Inuit

Innuit

/ (ˈɪnjuːɪt) /

noun plural -it or -its

any of several Native peoples of N America or Greenland, as distinguished from those from Asia or the Aleutian Islands (who are still generally referred to as Eskimos); the preferred term for Eskimo in N AmericaCompare Yupik
the language of these peoples; Inuktitut

Word Origin for Inuit

from Inuktitut inuit the people, pl of inuk a man

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See Eskimo
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Word Origin and History for innuit

Innuit


1765, from Inupiaq Eskimo inuit "people," plural of inuk "man, person."

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