Word Origin & History
name for a group of related native people in the Columbia River region of Washington and Oregon, from Salishan /činuk/, name of a village site. Name also extended to a type of salmon (1851) and warm spring wind. Chinook jargon was a mish-mash of native, French, and English words once used as a lingua
franca in the Pacific Northwest, and it is the earliest attested use of the word (1840).