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[tee-pee] /ˈti pi/


or teepee, tipi

[tee-pee] /ˈti pi/
a tent of the American Indians, made usually from animal skins laid on a conical frame of long poles and having an opening at the top for ventilation and a flap door.
Compare lodge (def 9), wigwam.
Origin of tepee
1735-45, Americanism; < Dakota tʰípi, equivalent to tʰí- to dwell + -pi plural indefinite abstract noun suffix Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • If you should miss your way, the first thing to remember is like the Indian, "You are not lost; it is the teepee that is lost."

  • At the door of his teepee he picked up the two little carcasses and entered.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • She remained within her teepee and wept in secret, for none knew that she had the right to mourn.

    Old Indian Days [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
  • He seldom paid that honour to any teepee except his own and that of the chief.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • This changed the teepee from a stifling hothouse into a cool, breezy shade.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
  • She grunted again and pointed over her shoulder to the teepee.

  • In his forest life, it is a matter of course with him to leave the teepee poles just as they stand, removing only the covering.

    Indian Scout Talks Charles A. Eastman
  • The teepee was small, but there I found a sick man who listened to the Word.

    Mary and I Stephen Return Riggs
  • It was known beyond the question of a doubt that Mrs. Budlong had purchased food and kept it in her teepee.

    The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
  • A little cloud of white smoke was spiraling up from the door of a teepee.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for teepee


a variant spelling of tepee


a cone-shaped tent of animal skins used by certain North American Indians
Word Origin
C19: from Siouan tīpī, from ti to dwell + pi used for
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Word Origin and History for teepee



1743, ti pee, from Dakota (Siouan) thipi "dwelling, house."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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