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potlatch

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noun pot·latch \ˈpät-ˌlach\

Definition of potlatch

  1. 1 :  a ceremonial feast of the American Indians of the northwest coast marked by the host's lavish distribution of gifts or sometimes destruction of property to demonstrate wealth and generosity with the expectation of eventual reciprocation

  2. 2 Northwest :  a social event or celebration



Origin of potlatch

Chinook Jargon patlač, from Nootka p̓aƛp̓ač


First Known Use: circa 1858


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potlatch

verb pot·latch

Definition of potlatch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give (as a gift) especially with the expectation of a gift in return

  3. 2 :  to hold or give a potlatch for (as a tribe or group)

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to hold or give a potlatch



1898

First Known Use of potlatch

1898


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