See also: chinook



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From Lower Chehalis c̓inúk ‎(the name of a Chinook village on the Columbia river)


Proper nounEdit


  1. A Native American language of the Penutian family of Oregon and Washington.
  2. Chinook Jargon, a pidgin trade language of the Pacific Northwest composed primarily of words from Chinook proper, English, and French, with some borrowings from other languages.
    • 1941, Emily Carr, Klee Wyck, Chapter 1, [1]
      The Missionary's address rolled on in choppy Chinook, undertoned by a gentle voice from the back of the room which told Tanook in pure Indian words what he was to do.
  3. A Native American people whose traditional tribal grounds were along the lower and middle Columbia River.
    The Chinook sent a hunting party to the south.


Chinook ‎(plural Chinooks)

  1. A member of this Native American people.
  2. Alternative letter-case form of chinook

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