Definition of Algonquian noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ælˈɡɒŋkwiən//
; NAmE NAmE//ælˈɡɑːŋkwiən//
; BrE BrE//ælˈɡɒŋkiən//
; NAmE NAmE//ælˈɡɑːŋkiən//
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a large family of N American Indian languages Word Originfrom Algonquin (French, contraction of obsolete Algoumequin, from a Micmac word meaning ‘at the place of spearing fish and eels’) + -ian. Micmac is an Algonquian language.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Algonquian