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 Chinook, Montana on Wikipedia


From Lower Chehalis c̓inúk (the name of a Chinook village on the Columbia river)


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A Native American language of the Penutian family of Oregon and Washington.
  2. Chinook Jargon, a pidgin trade language of the Pacific Northwest composed primarily of words from Chinook proper, English, and French, with some borrowings from other languages.
    • 1941, Emily Carr, chapter 1, in Klee Wyck[1]:
      The Missionary's address rolled on in choppy Chinook, undertoned by a gentle voice from the back of the room which told Tanook in pure Indian words what he was to do.
  3. A Native American people whose traditional tribal grounds were along the lower and middle Columbia River.
    The Chinook sent a hunting party to the south.
  4. A city in Montana, USA, and the county seat of Blaine County.


Chinook (plural Chinooks)

  1. A member of this Native American people.
  2. Alternative letter-case form of chinook

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