[mon-tuh n-yey, mawn-]

noun, plural Mon·ta·gnais [mon-tuh n-yey, -yeyz, mawn-] /ˌmɒn tənˈyeɪ, -ˈyeɪz, ˌmɔ̃-/ for 1.

a member of an American Indian people of Quebec and Labrador.
the Algonquian language of the Montagnais, closely related to Cree. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for montagnais

Historical Examples of montagnais

  • He would strike a Montagnais who would ask for a blanket more than he had cheated him with.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • He would cheat the Montagnais of his gifts, and so discontent them with their charge.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

  • And he will have the two Montagnais, who have been his good servants.

    A Little Girl in Old Quebec

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • You see all the Montagnais are down here at the settlement 'making their mass.'

  • They have no priests; they do not come to the coast; and the Montagnais will not mingle with them.

British Dictionary definitions for montagnais


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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