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potlatch

noun pot·latch \ ˈpät-ˌlach \
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

Definition of potlatch

1 : a ceremonial feast of the American Indians of the northwest coast marked by the host's lavish distribution of gifts or sometimes destruction of property to demonstrate wealth and generosity with the expectation of eventual reciprocation
2 Northwest : a social event or celebration

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Origin and Etymology of potlatch

Chinook Jargon patlač, from Nootka p̓aƛp̓ač


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potlatch

verb

Definition of potlatch

potlatched; potlatching; potlatches
1 : to give (something, such as a gift) especially with the expectation of a gift in return
2 : to hold or give a potlatch for (a tribe, a group, etc.)
: to hold or give a potlatch

First Known Use of potlatch

1898

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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