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

Definition of kiva

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

Examples of kiva in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The primary bedroom suite incorporates another kiva-style fireplace. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The interiors of two missions — Abó and Quara — contained an interesting feature: Each had a kiva. Washington Post, 18 June 2021 The living room has a floating wood bench off a curved wall and a kiva-like fireplace. James Leggate, Fox News, 2 Oct. 2020 The town of 40,000 sits in a county the size of Connecticut, a landscape of mesas, canyons and ancient kiva ruins. Nicholas Casey, New York Times, 12 May 2020 Double sets of French doors open from the living room and from a hallway beyond the breakfast room to a sunroom with flagstone floors and a kiva fireplace. Julie Lasky, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2020 The last glimpse Built for stargazing: Centuries ago, the Anasazi people built the kiva of Casa Rinconada, a round ceremonial place where celestial figures and the movements of the sun and moon were tracked for rituals and planting. National Geographic, 8 Jan. 2020 The bedrooms continue the intricate ceiling patterns and the master boasts mountain vistas and a courtyard with a kiva fireplace. Megan Barber, Curbed, 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, 13 Mar. 2018 See More

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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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“Kiva.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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