Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

kachina

noun ka·chi·na \kə-ˈchē-nə\

Definition of kachina

  1. 1 :  one of the deified ancestral spirits believed among the Hopi and other Pueblo Indians to visit the pueblos at intervals

  2. 2 :  one of the elaborately masked kachina impersonators that dance at agricultural ceremonies

  3. 3 :  a doll representing a kachina



Illustration of kachina

Variants of kachina

also

katchina

or

katcina

\kə-ˈchē-nə\

Origin and Etymology of kachina

Hopi qacína


First Known Use: 1888


Learn More about kachina


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up kachina? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to lessen in amount, effect, or force

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

fox-in-summer-forest

Which of these is a synonym of inchoate?

formless experimental massive frightening
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ