manitou [ man-i-too ] SHOW IPA / ˈmæn ɪˌtu / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural man·i·tous, ( especially collectively) man·i·tou. (among the Algonquian people) a supernatural being that controls nature; a spirit, deity, or object that possesses supernatural power.
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man·i·to [ man-i-toh], /ˈmæn ɪˌtoʊ/, man·i·tu [ man-i-too]. /ˈmæn ɪˌtu/. Origin of manitou
First recorded in 1605–15; from Unami Delaware
monə́t·u, reinforced by or reborrowed from Ojibwe manito· and other cognates (all from unattested Proto-Algonquian maneto·wa ); spelling influenced by equivalent French word
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How to use manitou in a sentence
As an insane person she was under the special protection of the great manito, and black woe to him who interfered with her.
The system of manito worship has another peculiarity, which is illustrative of Indian character.
Devil (evil spirit), mdji̍-mnitó (j French), or motschi-manito.
On the earth, an extended fog, and there the great Manito was.
British Dictionary definitions for manitou manitou manitu manito ( ˈmænɪˌtəʊ) noun plural -tous, -tus, -tos, -tou, -tu or -to (among the Algonquian Indians) a deified spirit or force Word Origin for manitou
C17: from Algonquian; related to Ojibwa
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