Definition of inukshuk in English:


(also inuksuk)

nouninukshuks, inuksuit

  • A structure of rough stones stacked in the form of a human figure, traditionally used by Inuit people as a landmark or a commemorative sign.

    ‘the figure of the inukshuk is omnipresent in Inuit tradition’
    • ‘To build an inukshuk you must find the perfect balance for each rock.’
    • ‘Yet the colours of the five stones of the inukshuk differ.’
    • ‘This inukshuk reminds us of our dependence on one another and the importance of strong relationships.’
    • ‘In Reykjavik, Irniq unveiled an inuksuk in front of the Canadian embassy.’
    • ‘He built an inuksuk in a Quebec City cemetery in honor of Inuit laid to rest there.’
    • ‘He wore a white T-shirt with an inuksuk logo and blue jeans.’
    • ‘We admired the inukshuks by the beach.’
    • ‘Although most inuksuit appear singly, sometimes they are arranged in sequences spanning great distances or are grouped to mark a specific place.’
    • ‘Since there are as many different Inuksuit as there are pebbles on the beach, it is possible to draw an infinite variety of statues.’
    • ‘Inuksuit are a nuanced, complex and vital form of communication.’


From Inuit inuksuk, from inuk ‘person’ + -suk ‘substitute, stand-in’.