Meaning of Evenki in English:


Pronunciation /eɪˈvɛŋki/

nounplural noun Evenki, plural noun Evenkis

  • 1A member of an indigenous people of northern Siberia.

    Also called Tungus

    ‘Chapters one and eight frame the project, which is essentially a close examination of how Soviet power both made and unmade state subjects among the Evenki.’
    • ‘Grounded in fieldwork done in 1988-89 and 1993-95, the study centres on Evenki associated with the ‘Red Star’ reindeer-herding collective farm at the village of Katonga (roughly 500 miles slightly northeast of Krasnoiarsk).’
    • ‘Mengo highlighted the Russian peoples of that region - the Koryaks, Itelmen, Chuckhi, Evenki and Aleut - with their drumming, theatre and song.’
  • 2mass noun The Tungusic language of the Evenki.


  • Relating to the Evenki or their language.

    ‘It is particularly good on the disconnection between Evenki clan order and Russia's attempts to institutionalize iasak (tribute payments).’
    • ‘The fireball would have stretched high into the sky, and the local Evenki tribesman must have thought that the world was coming to an end.’