Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A portable dwelling of certain Native American peoples, especially on the Great Plains, consisting of a conical framework of poles covered with skins or bark.

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  • n. Alternative form of teepee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An Indian wigwam or tent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Indian wigwam or tent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Native American tent; usually of conical shape

Etymologies

Sioux thípi, dwelling.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • "A tepee is a temporary home; the wigwam is the Indian's permanent abiding place."

    Grace Harlowe's Overland Riders in the Great North Woods

  • And after awhile he tells himself that he don't mind smoke and the smell of buckskin, and a tepee is a better home nor none, and that he thinks as much of this here Mary Moonbeam or Sally Star-eyes as he could think of any woman, and he wonders when the priest could come.

    'Me--Smith'

  • Pitkin County government sued to boot the Auster family from the Hummingbird, on the grounds that the tepee was a non-conforming structure under the land-use code.

    Aspen Times - Top Stories

  • The structural heart of the tepee is a tripod of three poles tied together at the top.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • The noises that came from the little thickets of bamboo and cogonales into his little "tepee" were more than he could stand.

    Bamboo Tales

  • Whenever the little fellow left the "tepee," or tent, for his day of wandering in the forest, he was told to "watch everything closely, and observe its characteristics," and, upon his return at night, he was subjected to a catechising that lasted an hour or so.

    Recent Writings By American Indians

  • Come on in, whether the inside is a shaking tepee or the River Jordan.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • Somewhere in a tepee in the wilderness of Canada, a friend of mine starts to feel something shake.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • This one is round like a tepee and made of thick branches tied together to make the shell, then covered in industrial blue tarps.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • I rested my chin on the tepee of my fingers, trying to find some calm and direction amid the chaos that had become my life in one night.

    Darkness Becomes Her

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