or tee·pee, ti·pi

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  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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Historical Examples of tepee

  • Sierra Vista was a far vaster affair than the tepee of Grey Beaver.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Nothing happened, though the adjacent portions of the tepee moved.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • As he peered in at the tepee door Wetherell perceived Pogosa dimly.

  • A mutter of voices in Pogosa's tepee interrupted his thought.

  • Pogosa was waiting, squatted on the ground at some distance from her tepee.

British Dictionary definitions for tepee



  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 tepee

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

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