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 Dandy says that the hogan will serve as a refuge for students to keep them focused. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Dec. 2021 Born in 1932 near Canyon de Chelly in a traditional Navajo hogan without running water or electricity, Laughter was only 16 years old when Native Americans got the right to vote in 1948, according to a post from Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Athena Ankrah, The Arizona Republic, 28 Sep. 2021 He was born in a ceremonial Navajo hogan–a sacred home–to a mother who was a traditional Navajo rug weaver from the Bitter Water Clan. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 Siblings sleep in their cradleboards for a quiet moment inside their family's hogan on the Navajo Nation. Kiliii Yüyan, Travel + Leisure, 26 Nov. 2020 Danielle Nelson holds her niece in the doorway of her family's modern hogan. Kiliii Yüyan, Travel + Leisure, 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, 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, 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, 5 Nov. 2019

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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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31 Dec 2021

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“Hogan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hogan. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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

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