[al-gong-kin, -kwin]
noun, plural Algonquins (especially collectively) Algonquin for 1, 3.
a member of a group of North American Indian tribes formerly along the Ottawa River and the northern tributaries of the St. Lawrence.
their speech, a dialect of Ojibwa, of the Algonquian family of languages.
Also, Algonkin.

1615–25; < French; earlier Algoumequin, presumably < an Algonquian language Unabridged
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Algonquin or Algonkin (ælˈɡɒŋkɪn, -kwɪn, ælˈɡɒŋkɪn)
n , -quins, -quin, -kins, -kin
1.  a member of a North American Indian people formerly living along the St Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers in Canada
2.  the language of this people, a dialect of Ojibwa
n, —adj
3.  a variant of Algonquian
[C17: from Canadian French, earlier written as Algoumequin; perhaps related to Micmac algoomaking at the fish-spearing place]
Algonkin or Algonkin
n, —adj
[C17: from Canadian French, earlier written as Algoumequin; perhaps related to Micmac algoomaking at the fish-spearing place]

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Word Origin & History

one of an Indian people living near the Ottawa River in Canada, 1625, from Fr. Algonquin, perhaps a contraction of Algoumequin, from Micmac algoomeaking "at the place of spearing fish and eels." But Bright suggests Maliseet (Algonquian) elægomogwik "they are our relatives or allies." Algonquian
(1885) was the name taken by ethnologists to describe a large group of N.Amer. Indian peoples, including this tribe. Algonquin Hotel (59 W. 44th St., Manhattan) opened 1902 and named by manager Frank Case for the tribe that had lived in that area. A circle of journalists, authors, critics, and wits began meeting there daily in 1919 and continued through the twenties; they called themselves "The Vicious Circle," but to others they became "The Round Table."
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North American Indian tribe of closely related Algonquian-speaking bands originally living in the dense forest regions of the valley of the Ottawa River and its tributaries in present-day Quebec and Ontario, Can. The tribe should be differentiated from the Algonquian language family, as the latter term refers to a much larger entity composed of at least 24 tribes of Northeast Indians and Plains Indians

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