long·​house | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce longhouse (audio) , -ˈhau̇s \

Definition of longhouse

: a long communal dwelling of some North American Indians (such as the Iroquois)

Examples of longhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The artifacts were buried in a longhouse by an Iron Age chieftain, revealing that Vindelev was a center of power at the time, the museum added. CNN, 13 Sep. 2021 Interior additions were made to the longhouse; like additional seating and sleeping structures and an outdoor kitchen and cooking area with seating there for programming purposes. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, 9 July 2021 Bobby Begay’s immediate family gathered at the longhouse in Celilo Village, a town of only 16 homes overlooking the mighty Columbia River, to begin the ritual of saying goodbye. Brooke Herbert, oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2021 Also in March, Wewa was in Priest Rapids, Wash., where that village of perhaps 10 houses hosted a feast that filled the longhouse. oregonlive, 17 May 2021 An 1855 treaty ceded this stretch of territory to the U.S., but the new building, inspired by the style of a traditional longhouse, celebrates the place’s original stewards with stained-glass portraits and wood carvings by Indigenous artists. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 10 May 2021 The longhouse is the focal point of the village and the people from various tribes who live along the Columbia River. Brooke Herbert, oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2021 The longhouse, dormant through much of the pandemic since the immediate family gathered there to remember Bobby Begay, was transformed into a vaccination center for Native people along the Columbia River. Brooke Herbert, oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2021 The longhouse, which was the multi-family clan living space for the Haudenosaunee in the time before European contact, is now predominantly used for ceremonial purposes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of longhouse

1643, in the meaning defined above

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“Longhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longhouse. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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long·​house | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce longhouse (audio) \

Kids Definition of longhouse

: a long dwelling especially of the Iroquois for several families

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