Inuit

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Etymology[edit]

First attested 1755–65. From Inuktitut ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ‎(inuit, the people), singular ᐃᓄᒃ ‎(inuk, person), from Proto-Eskimo *inguɣ.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɪnjuːɪt/, /ˈɪnʊɪt/

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Inuit ‎(plural Inuit)

  1. plural of Inuk Any of several Aboriginal peoples of coastal Arctic Canada, Alaska, and Greenland.
  2. (nonstandard) Individual members of the Inuit peoples.

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Inuit

  1. Inuktitut, the Inuit language.

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Inuit ‎(comparative more Inuit, superlative most Inuit)

  1. Of or pertaining to Inuit people, language, or culture.

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Usage notes[edit]

The northern indigenous peoples of North America used to be called Eskimo, but the term has declined in usage in North America because it was erroneously thought to derive from a pejorative; see the usage notes at Eskimo. Inuit is the accepted term in Canada, and has gained some currency in the United States. However, Eskimo continues to be the prevalent name in Alaska, and worldwide, for both the Inuit Inupiat people and the non-Inuit Yupik.

Also note that the terms Inuit and Eskimo do not include the related Aleut people (Unangam), nor the other Native (First Nations) peoples of the Arctic.

Many dictionaries do not list Inuits as a plural form. Inuit is usually used as an ethnonym with no singular form (like Chinese). The need to treat Inuit as a singular has been obviated by wider recognition of its etymological singular form Inuk in recent times.

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Inuktitut[edit]

Noun[edit]

Inuit

  1. plural of Inuk