[ mon-tuhn-yey, mawn- ]
/ ˌmɒn tənˈyeɪ, ˌmɔ̃- /
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noun, plural Mon·ta·gnais [mon-tuhn-yey, -yeyz, mawn-] /ˌmɒn tənˈyeɪ, -ˈyeɪz, ˌmɔ̃-/ for 1.
a member of the southern group of Innu, a First Nation of Quebec and Labrador.
the eastern Algonquian language of the southern Innu people, closely related to Cree.
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Origin of Montagnais
First recorded in 1650–60; from Canadian French; literally, “member of a mountain tribe” (in the singular),“mountaineers” (in the plural), derivative of French montagne mountain
Words nearby Montagnais
monstrous, mons veneris, Mont., Montadale, montage, Montagnais, Montagnard, Montagu, Montague, Montague grammar, Montagu's harrier
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How to use Montagnais in a sentence
Laverdire derives Saguenay from the Montagnais saki-nip, "the rushing water."
The Montagnais, in his new paint, came around behind me like some savage dog that trusts only his owner.
The Montagnais straightened his body and threw back his narrow, dangerous head.
Some days after a party of the Montagnais, numbering about sixty men, made their appearance at Quebec, en route for the war.
After having kept the Montagnais in jail for fourteen months he was released, as there was no proof against him.
British Dictionary definitions for Montagnais
/ (ˌmɒntənˈjeɪ) /
noun plural -gnais (jeɪ, jeɪz) or -gnaises (jeɪz)
a member of an Innu people living in Labrador and eastern Quebec
the Algonquian language of this people
Word Origin for Montagnais
C18: from French: of the mountain, from montagne mountain
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