Aleut[al′ē o̵̅o̅t′, al′yo̵̅o̅t′, ə lo̵̅o̅t′]
nounpl. Aleut Aleut or A·leuts
- A member of a Native American people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands and coastal areas of southwest Alaska. The Aleut are related culturally and linguistically to the Eskimo.
- Either or both of the two languages of the Aleut. See Usage Note at Native American.
Origin of AleutRussian, from Alut, a village on Kamchatka inhabited by the Alutor, a people speaking a language related to Chukchi and traditionally practicing whale-hunting (the Russians later extending their name for this people to the Aleut, who practice a similar lifestyle) .
Variant of Aleut
- pl. Aleuts or Aleut a member of an indigenous people of the Aleutian Islands and parts of mainland Alaska
- the language of this people, related to Eskimo
Origin of AleutRussian ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Chukchi aliuit, islanders
of the Aleuts or their language or culture