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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Native American people made up of numerous autonomous bands inhabiting a large area of northern Canada north of the Churchill River. Formerly nomadic caribou hunters, the Chipewyan became settled fur traders during the 18th century.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The Athabaskan language of the Chipewyan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A member of the Chipewyan people, a Native American tribe of Central Canada, in the regions of Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, and Saskatchewan.
  • proper n. The Northern Athabascan language spoken by this tribe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the language spoken by the Chipewyan
  • n. a member of the Athapaskan people living in western Canada between Great Slave Lake and Hudson Bay

Etymologies

Cree čīpwayān, parka wearer : cīpw-, pointed + ayān, skin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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