teepee

[tee-pee]

tepee

or tee·pee, ti·pi

[tee-pee]
noun
  1. 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

Historical Examples of teepee

  • He seldom paid that honour to any teepee except his own and that of the chief.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • 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.

    The Huntress

    Hulbert Footner

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

    The Huntress

    Hulbert Footner


British Dictionary definitions for teepee

teepee

noun
  1. a variant spelling of tepee

tepee

teepee

noun
  1. a cone-shaped tent of animal skins used by certain North American Indians

Word Origin for tepee

C19: from Siouan tīpī, from ti to dwell + pi used for
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Word Origin and History for teepee

tepee

n.

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

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