Folklore among the Algonquian Indians, any of various spirits or supernatural forces variously conceived of as nature spirits of both good and evil influence
also man′i·tu· or man′i·to·
Origin of manitouFr, replacing earlier manito, and the like from Delaware man?t?u: compare Ojibwa manidoo
or man·i·tu also man·i·to
nounpl. man·i·tous, or man·i·tus also man·i·tos
- In Algonquian religious belief, a supernatural power that permeates the world, possessed in varying degrees by both spirits and humans.
- A deity or spirit.
Origin of manitouFrench from Ojibwa manitoo
Sometimes used as a proper noun, in which case it is often capitalized.