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

  • n. A Native American people inhabiting a large area from eastern Canada west to Alberta and the Great Slave Lake. Formerly located in central Canada, the Cree expanded westward and eastward in the 17th and 18th centuries, the western Cree adopting the Plains Indian life and the eastern Cree retaining their woodland culture.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The Algonquian language of the Cree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. An aboriginal nation of North America.
  • proper n. Any of a group of Algonquian languages spoken by this people.
  • n. A member of this people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of a branch of the Algonkian (or Algonkin) Indians. See Cree and Algonquian in Century Cyclopedia of Names.
  • Of or pertaining to the Crees.

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

  • n. a member of an Algonquian people living in central Canada
  • n. the Algonquian language spoken by the Cree

Etymologies

French Cris, shortening of Cristineaux, name of a 17th-century Cree band, from Ojibwa (Old Algonquin) kirištino·, from Cree.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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