from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. In Algonquian religious belief, a supernatural power that permeates the world, possessed in varying degrees by both spiritual and human beings.
- n. A deity or spirit.
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- n. A god or spirit as the object of religious awe or ritual among some American Indians.
French, from Ojibwa manitoo.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Pidgin Delaware Manétto, from Unami manətːu and Munsee manətoːw (later influenced by French manitou, from Montagnais); from Proto-Algonquian *manetoowa (“supernatural being”). (Wiktionary)