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

  • n. A long communal dwelling, especially of certain Native American, Polynesian, and Indonesian peoples.

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  • n. Any of several long communal dwellings for multiple families


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  • Gist must have explained to him that the longhouse was the social, spiritual, and political center of many Indian communities.

    George Washington’s First War

  • Reichel-Dolmatoff wrote that the longhouse is a model of the cosmos, with each architectural element charged with symbolic meaning.

    One River

  • Outside the longhouse is a world apart, the place of nature and disarray.

    One River

  • They wove in what's called a longhouse, a traditional Montagnard structure.

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  • The next day, November 26, Washington had his first chance to perform the formal rituals of Indian diplomacy, so he put on his uniform for a council in the longhouse.

    George Washington’s First War

  • This is a Greco-Roman nation, gathered in a Hodenosaunee longhouse.

    Harvey Wasserman: The Tea Party/GOP Would Hate Our Actual Founders

  • It's a bucolic Welsh longhouse in the Monmouthshire hills – there's a herd of goats in one field, a pair of enormous hairy pigs in another – and has the rural image a conglomerate might slap on its packaging to disguise the fact that they're knocking out sausages from a business park in Swindon.

    Best UK Food Producer 2010: Trealy Farm, Monmouthshire

  • Still, there was nothing more transforming than actually standing in my characters’ footsteps, in the middle of the tiny horseshoe shaped outline of Thjoldhilde’s church overlooking Eirik the Red’s longhouse ruins in Greenland.

    Judith Lindbergh - An interview with author

  • The feeling was unquestionable, as I walked alone through volcanic scree in the shadow of the Snaefellsjokull glacier in Iceland or sat on the ruined edge of the longhouse that had once been Eirik the Red’s home.

    Judith Lindbergh - An interview with author

  • Before she could question his words, he stopped before the largest longhouse in the camp, opening the door for her.

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior


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  • In North America two groups of longhouses emerged. The Native American long house of the tribes usually connected with the Iroquois in the northeast and an unrelated type used by many tribes long the west and northwest Pacific coast of North America.


    The Oneida Indians who are part of the Iroquois have their Wisconsin reservation near my home and they have a longhouse on display at their museum.

    February 4, 2008