ki·​va | \ ˈkē-və How to pronounce kiva (audio) \

Definition of kiva

: a Pueblo Indian ceremonial structure that is usually round and partly underground

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The bedrooms continue the intricate ceiling patterns and the master boasts mountain vistas and a courtyard with a kiva fireplace. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Swanky desert estate on 17 acres asks $1.3M," 18 Dec. 2018 The historic, 25-acre village's flat-roofed homes and ceremonial kivas have been fashioned out of adobe mixed from the local soil for so many generations that its origins disappear into the past. USA TODAY, "Nine must-see historic sites in Santa Fe," 13 Mar. 2018 Guests of The Terrace at La Fonda are granted concierge service and access to the communal Gathering Room, which features a private, rooftop terrace, and a wood-burning kiva fireplace. Condé Nast Traveler, "La Fonda on the Plaza," 20 Oct. 2017 The diagrams also include five kivas, circular spaces that in bigger settlements were used for religious purposes. Jon Hurdle, New York Times, "Ruined ‘Apartments’ May Hold Clues to Native American History," 4 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of kiva

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kiva

Hopi kíva

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