- a member of an Algonquian people living near the Ottawa River, Canada
- a dialect of Ojibwa spoken by this people
- Archaic Algonquian
Origin of AlgonquinFr, earlier Algoumequin ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps an Algonquian place or group name
nounpl. Algonquin or Algon·quins also Algonkin or Al·gon·kins
- a. A member of any of various Native American peoples inhabiting the Ottawa River valley of Quebec and Ontario.b. Any of the varieties of Ojibwa spoken by the Algonquin.
- a. A member of an Algonquian people.b. An Algonquian language.
Origin of AlgonquinCanadian French, from Maliseet elakómkwik, they are our relatives.
Canadian French Algonquin, from earlier Algoumequin, from either Maliseet elakómkwik ("these are our relatives") or Mi'kmaq algoomeaking (“at the place of spearing fish and eels”).