Definitions for inuitˈɪn u ɪt, -yu-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
In•u•it*ˈɪn u ɪt, -yu-(n.)(pl.)-its; -it.
a member of any of the Eskimo groups inhabiting an area extending from Greenland to W arctic Canada.
Ref: Eskimo (def. 1). 1
Also called In′uit-Inu′piaq. the speech of all the Eskimo groups from Greenland to NW Alaska.
* Usage: See Eskimo,Indian.
Origin of Inuit:
1755–65; < Inuit: people, pl. of inuk person
Eskimo, Esquimau, Inuit(noun)
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')
Any of several Aboriginal peoples of coastal Arctic Canada, Alaska, and Greenland.
Individual members of the Inuit peoples.
Of or pertaining to Inuit people, language, or culture.
Inuktitut, the Inuit language.
Plural form of Inuk.
The Inuit are a group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada, the United States, and Russia. Inuit is a plural noun; the singular is Inuk. The Inuit languages are classified in the Eskimo-Aleut family. In the United States, the term Eskimo is commonly used in reference to these groups, because it includes both of Alaska's Yupik and Inupiat peoples while "Inuit" is not proper or accepted as a term for the Yupik. No collective term exists for both peoples other than "Eskimo". However, natives in Canada and Greenland view the name as pejorative and "Inuit" has become more common. In Canada, sections 25 and 35 of the Constitution Act of 1982 named the "Inuit" as a distinctive group of aboriginal Canadians who are not included under either the First Nations or the Métis. The Inuit live throughout most of the Canadian Arctic and subarctic in the territory of Nunavut; "Nunavik" in the northern third of Quebec; "Nunatsiavut" and "Nunatukavut" in Labrador; and in various parts of the Northwest Territories, particularly around the Arctic Ocean. These areas are known in Inuktitut as the "Inuit Nunangat". In the United States, Inupiat live on the North Slope in Alaska and on Little Diomede Island. In Russia, they live on Big Diomede Island. The Greenlandic Inuit are the descendants of migrations from Canada and are citizens of Denmark, although not of the European Union.
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