noun, plural Tlin·gits, (especially collectively) Tlin·git.

a member of any of a number of American Indian peoples of the coastal regions of southern Alaska and northern British Colmbia.
the language of the Tlingit, a Na-Dene language. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tlingit

Historical Examples of tlingit

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

  • 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



plural -gits or -git a member of a seafaring group of North American Indian peoples inhabiting S Alaska and N British Columbia
the language of these peoples, belonging to the Na-Dene phylum
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for tlingit


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper