Definitions

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

  • A territory of northern Canada including part of the mainland west of Hudson Bay and north of latitude 60° north, islands in the Hudson Bay, and most of the Arctic Archipelago. Nunavut, which comprises what was formerly the eastern portion of Northwest Territories, is primarily inhabited and controlled by the Inuit. It officially became a new territory of Canada on April 1, 1999. Iqaluit, at the head of Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island, is the capital. Population: 29,500.

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  • proper n. Territory in northern Canada which has Iqaluit as its capital.

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

  • n. an Arctic territory in northern Canada created in 1999 and governed solely by the Inuit; includes the eastern part of what was the Northwest Territories and most of the islands of the Arctic Archipelago

Etymologies

From Inuktitut nunavut ("our land"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • IQALUIT, NUNAVUT -- (Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2010) - Residents of Nunavut will benefit from major energy infrastructure upgrades as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan.

    Marketwire - Breaking News Releases

  • The comparison with Nunavut is frankly shattering.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Perhaps we could learn something from the so-called "consensus government" model in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

    Frogs in a pot

  • Nunavut is a land struggling to be born, rife with social problems arising from what was in effect imposed and poorly planned sedentarization in the 1950s and early 1960s, with chronic unemployment (28% for Inuit), a suicide rate 9 times the national average, a housing crisis and a dysfunctional educational system.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Nunavut is in the news these days, as our Prime Minister takes his royal tour, and the commentary is flowing.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • When the unviable character of Nunavut is recognized, the only sensible policy in the long run appears to be gradual depopulation.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Voters in Nunavut's Akulliq constituency will have to go to the polls again to pick their MLA, after a recount of ballots from a byelection last month showed a tie for first place.

    Cold Winter Election: A Coat, and a Tie

  • I was expecting nothing but sun-parched land; to see that dark, murky gloom extending high into the sky made me think of the approach of Arctic blizzards while I lived in Nunavut, and their inevitable zero-visibility whiteouts.

    From DC to Doha » Dave Brosha Photography

  • “(In the North), there really are no alternatives for us in Nunavut to turn to, to get away from diesel generation for power and for heat,” he said.

    How The "Green Shift" Is Flying Around The Premiers « Unambiguously Ambidextrous

  • It was also interesting to discover that the establishment of Nunavut is viewed internationally as a very positive role model by other countries around the world.

    The Inuit in a Challenging World

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