- (among the Algonquian Indians) a supernatural being that controls nature; a spirit, deity, or object that possesses supernatural power.
Origin of manitou
Examples from the Web for manito
Historical Examples of manito
Manito, to us, is God—He whom we serve and honour; He whom we love.The Fiery Totem
"You had great gifts of strength awarded to you," said the Manito.
The Manito made one or two unsteady steps, but recovered himself.
Both the mother and the wife urged Monedowa to be aware of the manito.
The manito of the Indians taught them how to do many things.The Book of Nature Myths
manitu manito (ˈmænɪˌtəʊ)
- (among the Algonquian Indians) a deified spirit or force
Word Origin for manitou
also manito, "spirit, deity, supernatural being," 1690s, from a word found throughout the Algonquian languages (cf. Delaware manutoow, Ojibwa manidoo), first in English from Unami Delaware /manet:u/.