Definitions

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

  • n. An underground or partly underground chamber in a Pueblo village, used by the men especially for ceremonies or councils.

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  • n. A ceremonial underground chamber in a Pueblo village.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large chamber built under, or in, the houses of a Pueblo village, used as an assembly room in religious rites or as a men's dormitory. It is commonly lighted and entered from an opening in the roof.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sacred chamber, wholly or partly underground, in which many of the religious ceremonials of the Pueblo Indians are performed. Also estufa.

Etymologies

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

Hopi kíva.

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From Hopi kíva.

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  • Kiva is also the Finnish word for 'nice'.

    November 9, 2008

  • Underground chamber of the Pueblo Indian villages of the southwestern U.S., notable for the murals that decorate its walls.

    A small hole in its floor, the sípapu, serves as the symbolic place of origin of the tribe. Though the kiva's primary purpose is for men's rituals and ceremonies, it is also used for political meetings or casual gatherings.

    June 18, 2007