long house

or longhouse

  1. a communal dwelling, especially of the Iroquois and various other North American Indian peoples, consisting of a wooden, bark-covered framework often as much as 100 feet (30.5 meters) in length.

Origin of long house

First recorded in 1615–25

Words Nearby long house

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How to use long house in a sentence

  • Not a soul was abroad in the midday heat, and the windows of the long house opposite were sightless.

    Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
  • The lights shone out from a low, long house as the car stopped under a portico.

    Mavis of Green Hill | Faith Baldwin
  • Can we see any improvement in this rough cottage over the Indian long house?

  • The long house, in ruins, rang with the frantic wailing of four fierce nations.

    The Little Red Foot | Robert W. Chambers
  • The main body was at the long house, far back among the hills.

    The Grey Cloak | Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for long house

long house

  1. a long communal dwelling of the Iroquois and other North American Indian peoples. It often served as a council house as well

  2. a long dwelling found in other parts of the world, such as Borneo

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