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noun, plural Tlin·gits, (especially collectively) Tlin·git.
  1. a member of any of a number of American Indian peoples of the coastal regions of southern Alaska and northern British Colmbia.
  2. the language of the Tlingit, a Na-Dene language.
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Historical Examples of tlingit

  • Mr Goldenweizer does not mention that the "clans" of the Tlingit have animal names.

    Method in the Study of Totemism

    Andrew Lang

  • This was the place of honor in all Tlingit houses upon all occasions, ceremonial or otherwise.

  • Once upon a time there lived in Alaska a chief of the Tlingit tribe who had one son.

    The Strange Story Book

    Mrs. Andrew Lang

  • A good example of such a pitch language is Tlingit, spoken by the Indians of the southern coast of Alaska.


    Edward Sapir

  • Mr. Goldenweizer says that, "with few exceptions," the "clans" of the Tlingit bear "names derived from localities."

British Dictionary definitions for tlingit


  1. plural -gits or -git a member of a seafaring group of North American Indian peoples inhabiting S Alaska and N British Columbia
  2. the language of these peoples, belonging to the Na-Dene phylum
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Word Origin and History for tlingit


Indian group in Alaska and Canada, the people's word for themselves, literally "human beings."

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