One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of an American Indian people living in a vast area of Canada from north of the Gulf of St Lawrence to the southern shores of Hudson Bay.
- ‘There are almost 13,000 Montagnais in Quebec with another 800 living in Labrador.’
- ‘However, every summer Québec played host to approximately fifteen hundred Algonquins and Montagnais.’
- ‘Marc Brouillette, lawyer for the band council, said the main thing the people of Montagnais want is the whole story.’
- ‘Both the Montagnais and the Naskapi live in shelters called wigwams.’
2mass noun The Algonquian language of the Montagnais, closely related to Cree. It has about 7,000 speakers.
- ‘Most Innu people speak one of their two native languages, Montagnais and Naskapi.’
- ‘In the end, while he admitted that he spoke Montagnais.’
Relating to the Montagnais or their language.
- ‘The Montagnais man awaits the slight change in the weather that signals the coming of winter in a night-long vigil.’
- ‘Barrett is initially frightened, subsequently irritated, and finally angry at the continued presence of the Montagnais man, signalled by his cooking fire, smoking just beyond the last portage.’
- ‘And most Montagnais children are raised speaking their native language.’
- ‘While in agreement with Champlain's ideals, the Montagnais chiefs found the pledge amusing, since that promise had probably been vainly reiterated many times in the previous thirty years.’
- ‘The canoe is destroyed by rocks and the two white men turn to their Montagnais companion for help.’
From French, literally ‘of the mountains’.
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