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 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, "Celebrating Indigenous culture with Haudenosaunee boiled cornbread," 11 Nov. 2020 Wood PLC—the engineering and environmental consulting company leading archaeological assessment of the site—has also identified 25 structural features and 20 longhouse post molds. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, "Remnants of Woodland Iroquois Village Discovered in Ontario," 21 Oct. 2020 Speaking with Tom Metcalfe of Live Science, Einarsson says the Stöð longhouse is also the richest in Iceland. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Newly Excavated Viking Dwelling May Be Oldest Found in Iceland," 25 June 2020 Several people who attended the feast on April 13 have since tested positive for COVID-19, including Celilo Village leader Bobby Begay, although it has not been confirmed that any of these people contracted the virus at the longhouse event. Special To The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "For tribes, coronavirus becomes barrier to critical gatherings," 1 June 2020 The buildings demolished early Saturday in Seneca Falls housed several businesses, a longhouse and a day care center. USA TODAY, "Oil train conversion, sit-in anniversary, Healing Garden expansion: News from around our 50 states," 25 Feb. 2020 Two of the biggest troublemakers on set, according to the cast, were Kristovich and her sister Delores Churchill, age eighty-nine, who helped anchor the early scene of Haida women passing time in the longhouse. Julian Brave Noisecat, The New Yorker, "Can Film Save Indigenous Languages?," 14 Nov. 2019 The Duwamish eventually raised $235,000 to buy the parcel and an additional $3 million to build the longhouse and cultural center, designed by Blackfeet architect Byron Barnes. Greg Scruggs, Washington Post, "Seattle was named after a tribal chief. Now his descendants own less than an acre of city land.," 11 Oct. 2019 As the Duwamish struggle to get federal recognition, the longhouse serves as a monument to their identity. Greg Scruggs, Washington Post, "Seattle was named after a tribal chief. Now his descendants own less than an acre of city land.," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of longhouse

1643, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2020

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“Longhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longhouse. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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