[in-oo-it, -yoo-]

noun, plural In·nu·its, (especially collectively) In·nu·it.


or In·nu·it

[in-oo-it, -yoo-]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for innuit

Historical Examples of innuit

British Dictionary definitions for innuit



a variant spelling of Inuit



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


See Eskimo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for innuit


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper