Algonquin Definition

ăl-gŏngkwĭn, -kĭn
algonkin, algonkins, algonquins
A member of any of various Native American peoples inhabiting the Ottawa River valley of Quebec and Ontario.
American Heritage
A member of an Algonquian people living near the Ottawa River, Canada.
Webster's New World
Any of the varieties of Ojibwa spoken by the Algonquin.
American Heritage
A dialect of Ojibwa spoken by this people.
Webster's New World
A member of an Algonquian people.
American Heritage
Of the Algonquins or their language or culture.
Webster's New World

The language spoken by the Algonquins, a transitional language between Ojibwe and Abenaki.


Origin of Algonquin

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Canadian French from Maliseet elakómkwik they are our relatives

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

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