or tee·pee, ti·pi

  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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Contemporary Examples of tipi

  • The L.A.-based designer of surf-inspired brand Ever is living in a tipi for a year.

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British Dictionary definitions for tipi


noun plural -pis
  1. a variant spelling of 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 tipi



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

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