cal·​u·​met ˈkal-yə-ˌmet How to pronounce calumet (audio)
: a highly ornamented ceremonial pipe of the American Indians

Illustration of calumet

Illustration of calumet

Word History


American French, from French dialect, pipe stem, from Late Latin calamellus, diminutive of Latin calamus reed — more at calamus

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calumet was in 1698


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Cite this Entry

“Calumet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Cal·​u·​met ˈkal-yə-ˌmet How to pronounce Calumet (audio)
industrial region of northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois southeast of and adjacent to Chicago including the cities of East Chicago, Gary, and Hammond, Indiana, and Calumet City and Lansing, Illinois

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