Meaning of “Eskimo” in the English Dictionary

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"Eskimo" in British English

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Eskimonoun [ C ]

uk /ˈes.kɪ.məʊ/ us /ˈes.kə.moʊ/ plural Eskimos or Eskimo

a member of a race of people who live in the cold northern areas of North America, Greenland, and Siberia

Note: Some of these people consider the term Eskimo offensive, and prefer the word Inuit.

Examples from literature

  • Eating foods high in fat helps the Eskimos stay warm. 
  • Eskimos first lived in Alaska more than 7,000 years ago. 
  • Eskimos know how to live with freezing temperatures. 
  • Eskimos make fires inside the igloo and the snow keeps the heat in. 
  • Eskimos traditionally make their clothes from animal hair and animal skins. 
  • The Eskimos cut the ice into squares, and they use these to build the igloo. 
  • The Eskimos, called Inuits in some places, live in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and northern Russia. 
  • The traditional Eskimo food is meat from animals such as seals, walruses, and whales. 
  • Today, most Eskimos live in modern houses in villages. 
  • You can learn about the Eskimo people and life in the town many years ago. 

(Definition of “Eskimo” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"Eskimo" in American English

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Eskimonoun [ C ]

us /ˈes·kəˌmoʊ/ plural Eskimos also Inuit

a member of a group of people who live in the cold northern areas of North America, Russia, and Greenland

Note: This word is considered offensive by some people. In Canada and Greenland, the preferred name is Inuit.

(Definition of “Eskimo” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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