- 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.
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Examples from the Web for innuit
From the seal they have learned to make the igloo, which is the house of the Innuit.
These Innuit are known by the other subdivisions as Ta hg myut.
The Innuit's summer home is very different from his winter home.Alaska
Now the woman Olillie had been bred from an Eskimo mother by an Innuit man.The Faith of Men
This land-whale with its tail in front once lived in the land of the Innuit.The New North
Agnes Deans Cameron
- a variant spelling of Inuit
- 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
from Inuktitut inuit the people, pl of inuk a man
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Word Origin and History for innuit
1765, from Inupiaq Eskimo inuit "people," plural of inuk "man, person."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper