- a large chamber, often wholly or partly underground, in a Pueblo Indian village, used for religious ceremonies and other purposes.
Origin of kiva
1870–75, Americanism; < Hopi kíva (ki- house + unidentified element)
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Kiva is a nonprofit microfinance organization that allows users to loan money worldwide.This Week’s Hot Reads: March 18, 2013
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Each family or clan in the community is supposed to have had its own kiva.The Book of the National Parks
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While making this ridge he sat between it and the kiva wall.The Winter Solstice Altars at Hano Pueblo
J. Walter Fewkes
This underground room is the kiva, or the estufa of the Spaniards.
They walked slowly, now that their work was done, towards the kiva.Beginners Luck
The kiva was a combination ceremonial, club, and workroom for the men.Mesa Verde National Park
- a large underground or partly underground room in a Pueblo Indian village, used chiefly for religious ceremonies