- 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 inuit
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The commenter said Dodson is not a full-blooded member of any tribe and is in fact one-quarter Aleut, not Inuit.Dan Snyder's Indian Chief Is Neither
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Not that Western civilization has never embraced the mythical Inuit practice of leaving the old out on an ice floe.The Great Untapped 80-Something Market
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She wept about it, and begged the Inuit to help her get him back.
When the Inuit saw this they cried, "Itajung, your wife is flying away."
Here is the stone the Inuit uses for pots—what you call soapstone.Adrift in the Ice-Fields
Charles W. Hall
Near the singing house the other Inuit of the village were playing.
When the Inuit saw this they called out, Ititaujang, your wife is flying away.
- 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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