or tee·pee, ti·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.
Origin of tepee
1735–45, Americanism; < Dakota tʰípi, equivalent to tʰí- to dwell + -pi plural indefinite abstract noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for teepee
He seldom paid that honour to any teepee except his own and that of the chief.The Fiery Totem
She grunted again and pointed over her shoulder to the teepee.
Sometimes a man's teepee is decorated in accordance with the standing of the owner.The Indian Today
Charles A. Eastman
His teepee was beside the river, a little removed from the others.
At the door of his teepee he picked up the two little carcasses and entered.
- a variant spelling of tepee
- a cone-shaped tent of animal skins used by certain North American Indians
C19: from Siouan tīpī, from ti to dwell + pi used for
Word Origin and History for teepee
1743, ti pee, from Dakota (Siouan) thipi "dwelling, house."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper