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 of Algonquian; from Algonquin: coined (1891) by J. W. Powell
- this family of languages
- a member of a people speaking any of these languages
nounpl. 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 of AlgonquianFrom Algonquin.
- Relating to a group of North American languages.
From Algonquin + -an.