hogan

noun
ho·​gan | \ ˈhō-ˌgän How to pronounce hogan (audio) \

Definition of hogan

: a Navajo Indian dwelling usually made of logs and mud with a door traditionally facing east

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The traditional dwelling of the Navajo Indians of Arizona and New Mexico is called a hogan. The hogan is roughly circular and constructed usually of logs, which are stepped in gradually to create a domed roof. The whole structure is then covered with mud and sod, except for a circular opening in the roof that allows smoke to escape. The entrance generally faces the rising sun.

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Recent Examples on the Web Siblings sleep in their cradleboards for a quiet moment inside their family's hogan on the Navajo Nation. Kiliii Yüyan, Travel + Leisure, "From Everyday Life to Winter Rituals, These Photographs Show the Life of the Navajo Nation in Arizona," 26 Nov. 2020 Danielle Nelson holds her niece in the doorway of her family's modern hogan. Kiliii Yüyan, Travel + Leisure, "From Everyday Life to Winter Rituals, These Photographs Show the Life of the Navajo Nation in Arizona," 26 Nov. 2020 About 20 members of his family lined up outside their hogan, a traditional dwelling, to pay respects through the screen. USA Today, "'Still killing us': The federal government underfunded health care for Indigenous people for centuries. Now they're dying of COVID-19," 21 Oct. 2020 Raynelle Hoskie recently was hauling water for her six children and her in-laws who live next door in a small traditional Navajo home, or hogan. azcentral, "In close-knit Navajo Nation communities, virus takes hold," 12 May 2020 While Walking Together on Halloween Night The outlet reported that a woman found two people unresponsive on the floor inside the hogan around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "2 Dead and 14 Injured During Navajo Religious Ceremony: Report," 5 Nov. 2019 During the ceremony, an open fire pit had been burning inside the hogan, according to KOAT. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "2 Dead and 14 Injured During Navajo Religious Ceremony: Report," 5 Nov. 2019 The region’s canyons are home to an estimated 100,000 archaeological sites dense with rock art, hogans, granaries, pots, and baskets. Abe Streep, Outside Online, "The Tribes v. Donald Trump," 1 May 2018 Monument status also promises better protection of the area’s cultural sites and antiquities, which include Basket Maker pit houses and Pueblo fortresses, historic Navajo hogans and Ute tipi rings. Andy Isaacson, National Geographic, "Two New National Monuments Created in Utah and Nevada," 29 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of hogan

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hogan

Navajo hooghan

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The first known use of hogan was in 1871

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18 Dec 2020

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“Hogan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hogan. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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hogan

noun
ho·​gan | \ ˈhō-ˌgän How to pronounce hogan (audio) \

Kids Definition of hogan

: a Navajo Indian dwelling made of logs and mud with a door traditionally facing east

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