Abenaki meaning

äb-näkē, ăb-
A member of any of various Native American peoples formerly inhabiting northern New England and southeast Canada, with present-day populations in Maine and southern Quebec.
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Either or both of the two Eastern Algonquian languages of the Abenaki peoples.
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A member of a group of E Algonquian peoples living mainly in Maine and S Quebec.
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An Algonquian First People from northeastern North America, mainly Maine and Quebec. [early 18th century]

The Abenaki have unique customs.

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A complex of Eastern Algonquian lects, originally spoken in what is now Maine, and Quebec, divided into Western Abenaki and Eastern Abenaki (Penobscot). [early 20th century]
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(in particular) The Western Abenaki language.
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A member of this Algonquian First People. [early 18th century]

Two Abenakis greeted him.

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Collective plural of Abenaki.
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Related or pertaining to the Abenaki people or language. [early 19th century]
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Origin of abenaki

  • Probably Montagnais wabanăkiwek dawn land people, Abenaki

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French abénaqui, either from Montagnais ouabanākionek (“people of the eastern country”) or from the Western Abenaki autonym Wôbanaki or an Eastern Abenaki/Penobscot cognate of the same, from Algonquin.

    From Wiktionary