[kal-yuh-met, kal-yuh-met]


a long-stemmed, ornamented tobacco pipe used by North American Indians on ceremonial occasions, especially in token of peace.

Nearby words

  1. calque,
  2. caltanissetta,
  3. caltech,
  4. caltrop,
  5. caltrop family,
  6. calumet city,
  7. calumniate,
  8. calumniation,
  9. calumniator,
  10. calumnious

Origin of calumet

1710–20; < French, orig. dial. (Norman, Picard): pipe stem, a by-form of French chalumeau chalumeau, with suffix altered to -et -et

Also called peace pipe. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for calumet



a less common name for peace pipe

Word Origin for calumet

C18: from Canadian French, from French (Normandy dialect): straw, from Late Latin calamellus a little reed, from Latin: calamus

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Word Origin and History for calumet



1660s, from Canadian French calumet, from Norman French calumet "pipe" (Old French chalemel, 12c., Modern French chalumeau), from Latin calamellus, diminutive of calamus "reed; something made of reed or shaped like a reed" (see shawm).

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