from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A group of peoples inhabiting the Arctic coastal regions of North America and parts of Greenland and northeast Siberia.
- n. A member of any of these peoples. See Usage Note at Native American.
- n. Any of the languages of the Eskimo peoples.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A group of indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic, from Siberia, through Alaska and Northern Canada, to Greenland, including the Inuit and Yupik.
- proper n. Any of the languages of the Eskimo.
- n. A member of any of the Eskimo peoples.
- adj. Of or relating to the Eskimo peoples.
- adj. In, of, or relating to the Eskimo languages.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a peculiar race inhabiting Arctic America and Greenland. In many respects the Eskimos resemble the Mongolian race.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a race inhabiting Greenland and parts of arctic America and Asia (on the Bering sea), on or near the coasts.
- Of or pertaining to the Eskimos.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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')
- n. the language spoken by the Eskimo
French Esquimaux, possibly from Spanish esquimao, esquimal, from Montagnais ayashkimew, Micmac.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested 1584; obsolete Esquimawe, from French (plural) Esquimaux, from Spanish esquimao, esquimal (used by Basque fishermen in Labrador), from Old Montagnais ayaškimew, literally, 'snowshoe-netter' (cf. Montagnais assime·w 'she laces a snowshoe', Ojibwe aškime· 'to net snowshoes'). The name was originally applied by the Innu people to the Mi'kmaq and later transferred to the Labrador Inuit; see usage notes. It was also once thought to mean 'eaters of raw meat', but most authorities now dismiss this. (Wiktionary)