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.

Nearby words

  1. teotihuacán,
  2. tepal,
  3. tepary bean,
  4. tepe,
  5. tepe gawra,
  6. tepefy,
  7. tepexpán man,
  8. tephillin,
  9. tephra,
  10. tephrite

Origin of tepee

1735–45, Americanism; < Dakota tʰípi, equivalent to tʰí- to dwell + -pi plural indefinite abstract noun suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for tepee




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 tepee



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

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