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Inuit

or In·nu·it

[ in-oo-it, -yoo- ]
/ ˈɪn u ɪt, -yu- /
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noun, plural In·u·its, (especially collectively) In·u·it for 1.
a member of a group of Indigenous 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.

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Also called Inupik.

Origin of Inuit

First recorded in 1755–65; from Inuit: literally, “people,” plural of inuk “person”

usage note for Inuit

See Eskimo, Indian.
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British Dictionary definitions for Inuit

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

undefined Inuit

See Eskimo
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