Algonquian[-kē ən, -kwē ən]
Algonquian definition by Webster's New World
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designating or of a widespread family of over twenty languages spoken by North American Indian peoples, including the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Blackfoot, Ojibwa, Fox, Shawnee, Abenaki, and Delaware
Origin: ; from Algonquin: coined (1891) by J. W. Powell
- this family of languages
- a member of a people speaking any of these languages
Algonquian definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also Al·gon·ki·announ pl. Algonquian or Al·gon·qui·ans also Algonkian or Al·gon·ki·ans
- A family of North American Indian languages spoken or formerly spoken in an area from Labrador to the Carolinas between the Atlantic coast and the Rocky Mountains.
- A member of a people traditionally speaking an Algonquian language.
Origin: From Algonquin.
- Al·gonˈqui·an adjective