Definition of Miskito in English:


(also mosquito)


  • 1A member of an American Indian people of the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua and Honduras.

    • ‘Further north, in the forested region between Puerto Cabezas and the Rio Coco, the river that separates Nicaragua from Honduras, the number of armed Miskitos is rising, and is now in the thousands.’
    • ‘During the prolonged warfare of the 1980s, the Sumu suffered persecution at the hands of both the government and the Miskitos.’
    • ‘When the Sandinistas tried to relocate the Miskitos away from the war zones, thousands of Miskitos fled to Honduras and Costa Rica to avoid what they felt was mistreatment by the Hispanic Sandinistas.’
    • ‘Means publicly condemned the Sandinistas for their genocide of the Miskitos.’
    • ‘The most violent of the anti-Sandinista fighters on the coast were the Miskitos, whose sphere of influence is mainly in the northern Atlantic region.’
  • 2The language of the Miskito, possibly related to Chibchan.


  • Relating to the Miskito or their language.

    • ‘In the 1980s, the Nicaraguan government instituted the first bilingual education programs for native people, taught in the Miskito language.’
    • ‘His organization, Comandante Karnika said under the sweltering sun, is prepared to go to war to defend Miskito land and protect their natural resources.’
    • ‘By the late 1980s, environmentalists and indigenous people's advocates became alarmed that colonization from the south and the interior would eliminate much of the rain forest and threaten the Tawahka and Miskito peoples.’
    • ‘The 20th century opened with the country under the vigorous control of the dictator José Santos Zelaya, who extended Nicaraguan authority over the Mosquito kingdom.’
    • ‘Pressure from Miskito combatants compelled the Sandinista government to recognize the coast's diversity and distinct identity.’


The name in Miskito.