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.