(comparative more Eskimoan, superlative most Eskimoan)
- Of or pertaining to the Eskimos.
- Eskimoan languages
- (rare) An Eskimo.
Eskimo + -an
Variant of Eskimo
- pl. Eskimos or Eskimo a member of a group of indigenous North American peoples thinly scattered in areas extending from Greenland across N Canada and Alaska through the NE tip of Asia
- any of the languages of the Eskimos, belonging to the Eskimo-Aleut language family and including a continuum of dialects called Inupiaq in Alaska, Inuktitut in Canada, and Kalaallisut in Greenland, as well as the Yupik languages
Origin of Eskimoearlier Esquimaw(es), probably via French ; from Spanish esquimao(s) (used by 16th-c. Basque fishermen in Labrador) ; from Montagnais ayashkimew, literally , uncertain or unknown; perhaps snowshoe net makers
of the Eskimos or their languages or cultures