Definition of Algonquin

1. Noun. A member of any of the North American Indian groups speaking an Algonquian language and originally living in the subarctic regions of eastern Canada; many Algonquian tribes migrated south into the woodlands from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic coast.

2. Adjective. Of or relating to an Algonquian tribe or its people or language.
Exact synonyms: Algonkian, Algonquian
Derivative terms: Algonkian, Algonkian, Algonquian
Partainyms: Algonquian, Algonquian, Algonquian

3. Noun. Family of North American Indian languages spoken from Labrador to South Carolina and west to the Great Plains.

Definition of Algonquin

1. n. One of a widely spread family of Indians, including many distinct tribes, which formerly occupied most of the northern and eastern part of North America. The name was originally applied to a group of Indian tribes north of the River St. Lawrence.

Definition of Algonquin

1. Noun. A member of an aboriginal North American people closely related to the Odawa and Ojibwe, and living mainly in Quebec. ¹

2. Proper noun. The language spoken by the Algonquins, a transitional language between Ojibwe and Abenaki. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Algonquin

Algeripithecus minutus
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Algonquian language
Alhazen's problem
Ali Baba
Alice B. Toklas
Alice B. Toklas brownie
Alice B. Toklas brownies
Alice Hamilton
Alice Malsenior Walker

Literary usage of Algonquin

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin (1907)
"THE HIGHEST algonquin WATER-PLANE. Taylor has identified the 35-40-foot shore-line ... This unsettled question of the southward continuance of the algonquin ..."

2. The American Geologist: A Monthly Journal of Geology and Allied Sciences by Newton Horace Winchell (1896)
"that the Nipissing beach is the same as the algonquin, and I have almost as ... The algonquin and Nipissing beaches are, in fact, ab solutely distinct and ..."

3. Old Virginia and Her Neighbours by John Fiske (1897)
"On the other hand, there was amity and alliance, at least for the moment, between the Tuscaroras and the algonquin coast tribes whose lands the palefaces ..."

4. Researches Into the Physical History of Mankind by James Cowles Prichard (1847)
"The northern algonquin tribes enumerated under this head may be said to form in reference to language but one subdivision, the most numerous and probably ..."

5. Twenty Years Among Our Hostile Indians: Describing the Characteristics by James Lee Humfreville (1903)
"Their language was that of the algonquin, although more or less dialectic. ... These words are algonquin, and are not understood by other nations. ..."

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