Definition of Tlingit in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtlɪŋɡɪt//ˈklɪŋkɪt//ˈklɪŋɡɪt/


  • 1A member of a North American people of the coasts and islands of south-eastern Alaska and adjacent British Columbia.

    • ‘Such helmets were used in inter-tribal wars and during the first military encounters between the Tlingits and the Russians at the turn of the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘The man never stopped talking, and he talked with everyone he met - white farmers, black freedmen, women of all ages, hordes of children, ministers of the gospel, a canoe full of Tlingits paddling along the Alaska coast.’
    • ‘The bag was collected in the early twentieth century by Gregory Charles, a teacher in Telegraph Creek, British Columbia, where the Tahltans and Tlingits conducted trade with each other and the outside world.’
    • ‘In Tlingit society today, even though many Tlingits marry other Tlingits, there exists a great deal of interracial marriage, which has changed some of the dynamics of family and clan relationships.’
    • ‘The Tlingit of Alaska know this, and they are tenaciously preserving the remnants of a culture uncomfortably close to extinction.’
  • 2mass noun The language of the Tlingit, which has about 2,000 surviving speakers.

    • ‘Gregor muttered something in Tlingit and Dmitri abruptly released him.’
    • ‘The other clan held what amounts to an oral copyright, requiring that the story only be told, word-for-word, by an approved clan member who has committed it to memory, in Tlingit.’
    • ‘In the nineteenth century, the first attempts were made to communicate in Tlingit through writing.’


  • Relating to the Tlingit or their language.

    • ‘An anthropologist of Tsimshian and Tlingit descent, his principles are derived from his experience with the Gitkxaala Nation in British Columbia.’
    • ‘The name Chilkat refers to a Tlingit tribe known for this style of weaving.’
    • ‘These First Nations are of Tagish, Tlingit, and Southern Tutchone cultural backgrounds.’
    • ‘Unlike the English alphabet of 26 letters, the Tlingit language has at least 32 consonants and eight vowels.’
    • ‘This book celebrates Tlingit traditions and demonstrates their unique facets.’


The name in Tlingit.