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 tipi
The L.A.-based designer of surf-inspired brand Ever is living in a tipi for a year.Redesigning Their Lives
June 4, 2009
When getting an individual they went to his own, not to his society's, tipi.Societies of the Kiowas
Robert H Lowie
The circle is a symbol of the tipi and of shelter and comfort.
She invited them into her tipi and prepared food and set it before them.
All this time, the father and his assistants sing in the tipi.
When all the guests are assembled in the tipi the ceremony for the evening begins.
- 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 tipi
1743, ti pee, from Dakota (Siouan) thipi "dwelling, house."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper