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1. (used with a pl. verb) The members of various Eskimoan peoples inhabiting the Arctic from northwest Alaska eastward to eastern Greenland, particularly those inhabiting Canada.
a. The family of languages spoken by the Inuit.
b. Any of the languages spoken by the Inuit.
Of or relating to the Inuit or the languages spoken by the Inuit.
[Inuit, pl. of inuk, human being, Eskimo.]
Usage Note: The preferred term for the native peoples of the Canadian Arctic and Greenland is now Inuit, and the use of Eskimo in referring to these peoples is often considered offensive, especially in Canada. Inuit is inappropriate, however, when used in reference to speakers of Yupik, the Eskimoan language branch of southwest Alaska and the Siberian Arctic. See Usage Note at Eskimo.
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n, pl -it or -its
1. (Peoples) any of several Native peoples of N America or Greenland, as distinguished from those from Asia or the Aleutian Islands (who are still generally referred to as Eskimos); the preferred term for Eskimo in N America. Compare Yupik
2. (Languages) the language of these peoples; Inuktitut
[from Inuktitut inuit the people, pl of inuk a man]
Usage: See at Eskimo
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or In•nu•it(ˈɪn u ɪt, -yu-)
n., pl. -its, (esp. collectively) -it.
a. a member of any of the Eskimo groups inhabiting an area extending from Greenland to W arctic Canada.
2. Also called In′uit-Inu′piaq. the speech of all the Eskimo groups from Greenland to NW Alaska.
[1755–65; < Inuit: people, pl. of inuk person]
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|Noun||1.||Inuit - a member of a people inhabiting the Arctic (northern Canada or Greenland or Alaska or eastern Siberia); the Algonquians called them Eskimo (`eaters of raw flesh') but they call themselves the Inuit (`the people')|
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Inuit[ˈɪnjuɪt] (Inuit, Inuits (pl))
A. ADJ → Inuit inv
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Inuit[ˈɪnjuɪt] n → Inuit mf
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