Definition of Inupiaq in English:


(also Inupiat, Inupik)


  • 1A member of an indigenous people of north-western Alaska.

    • ‘Recently the Inupiat of Alaska's North Slope have supported oil drilling on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.’
    • ‘The improvements that swept in with oil money changed the mood in Kaktovik, and the majority of the Inupiat now support drilling.’
    • ‘In the 1960s, Nelson spent about a year living with the Inupiaq in the tiny village of Wainwright.’
    • ‘Anwr oil might not be necessary to us, but it may be to the Inupiat - 30 years of jobs and royalties are a hard thing to ignore.’
    • ‘Farther on, we would meet Subhankar and his friend and guide, a 56-year-old Inupiat named Robert Thompson.’
    • ‘This is a logical addendum because of the close historical and cultural connections of the people who today call themselves Inuvialuit to the Inupiat of Alaska.’
    • ‘The Inuvialuit are descendants of the Inupiat of Alaska, people of the Mackenzie Delta and the central Canadian Arctic.’
    • ‘The Inupiat recognize this as an indicator that the ice may be unstable.’
    • ‘Neakok was appointed by the State of Alaska to be a magistrate, and was instrumental in introducing the American legal system to the Inupiat.’
    • ‘In each case, over 100 people attended, of whom over half were Inupiat.’
    • ‘The Inupiat are a native people resident on Alaska's northern coast.’
    • ‘The Inupiaq dwell in the icy lands on the North Slope of Alaska near present-day Barrow.’
    • ‘Some of the Inupiat at the Barrow Symposium on Sea Ice expressed concern that people now take more risks on the ice because of the safety net provided by modern technology.’
    • ‘The others looked on and discussed the similarities and differences in the way Nunavummiut and Inupiat skin seals, what parts they eat and how and when they eat it.’
    • ‘An eight-year study of diabetes among Alaskan natives found the greatest increase occurring among the Inupiat.’
    • ‘Under the agreement, the Inupiat can't drill anyway, not until Congress acts.’
    • ‘‘The sea ice is thinning,’ says Art Ivanoff, an Inupiat from Unalakleet in west-central Alaska.’
  • 2mass noun The Inuit language.

    • ‘The station, built to detect incoming Soviet, then Russian, missiles and aircraft, had brought great change to the people of Kali, or in Inupiaq, the Kalimiut.’
    • ‘The Inuit language is divided into two major dialect groups: Inupik and Yupik.’
    • ‘These attached sections of ice are called iiguaq in Inupiaq.’
    • ‘The word for poetry in Inupiaq is the same as the word to breathe, and both derive from anerca, the soul.’


  • Relating to the Inupiaq or their language.

    • ‘By the time it left Kaktovik in late afternoon, the coast weather had turned colder, the sky was dark, with gusts and light rain, and a heavy sea fog swept like smoke across the Inupiat land.’
    • ‘I recently lived for four years in the Inupiat community of Barrow, Alaska.’
    • ‘It is also the ancestral home of Inupiat Eskimos and Gwich'in Athabascan Indians, who depend on the bounty of the refuge to survive.’
    • ‘It's where they gather for Sunday school, Sunday morning and evening worship, and a Wednesday night praise service led by the elders in the Inupiaq language.’
    • ‘Interestingly, the Inupiat Eskimos that live on the coastal plain are greatly in favor of developing it carefully.’
    • ‘Fly east from the Inupiat Eskimo village of Kaktovik, Alaska, and over the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and you'll find caribou.’
    • ‘My background is Inupiaq Eskimo, which is the northern most tribe of Inuits in Alaska.’
    • ‘In the Barrow region, local schools broke away from the Bureau of Indian Affairs administration and formed local boards of education more amenable to the teaching of Inupiaq language, history, and customs.’
    • ‘Inupiat Eskimos, however, have traditionally hunted the whales and are allowed to kill a certain number each year for food and oil.’
    • ‘Their open attitude to traditional Inupiat life is obvious in the letters about their activities.’
    • ‘Entire villages, starting with the Inupiat Eskimo community of Shishmaref on the northwestern coastline, are facing the prospect of relocation because of severe erosion triggered by a rapidly warming climate.’
    • ‘The Kobuk River valley has been hunted and fished for thousands of years by the Inupiat Eskimos.’
    • ‘For centuries, the island was occupied by the Inupiat Eskimos, or ‘Ugiuvangmiut.’’
    • ‘Among them are Yupik and Inupiat Eskimos from the west and north, people with strong whale-hunting traditions.’
    • ‘Weighing and taking calculated risks, based upon an assessment of conditions, is an essential part of Inupiat whale hunting.’
    • ‘The Inupiat hunters come here less often now, according to Robert Thompson, who told me that his Inupiat people, accustomed to motor snowsleds and outboard boats, rarely need to camp so far from home.’
    • ‘Huffines has been working with residents of Inupiat villages along Alaska's North Slope west of Prudhoe Bay.’
    • ‘Some of the Inupiat Eskimos want the economic benefits of oil.’
    • ‘Two Inupiat men from Gambell, Alaska, used garbage bags to return home to their St. Lawrence Island community after the motor on their boat died in rough seas.’
    • ‘We come across it first in Edith Tamer's essay on an Inupiat village in Northern Alaska.’


Inuit, from inuk ‘person’ + piaq ‘genuine’.