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powwow

noun pow·wow \ ˈpau̇-ˌwau̇ \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of powwow

1 : an American Indian medicine man
2 a : an American Indian ceremony (as for victory in war)
b : an American Indian social gathering or fair usually including competitive dancing
3 a : a social get-together
b : a meeting for discussion

Examples of powwow in a Sentence

  1. We'll talk about vacation plans at the family powwow.

  2. all the departments met for a brief powwow after lunch

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Origin and Etymology of powwow

Narragansett powwaw or Massachusett pauwau


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powwow

verb

Definition of powwow

intransitive verb
: to hold a powwow

Examples of powwow in a Sentence

  1. civic leaders powwowed for hours trying to resolve the issue

Recent Examples of powwow from the Web

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First Known Use of powwow

1642


POWWOW Defined for English Language Learners

powwow

noun

Definition of powwow for English Language Learners

  • : a social gathering of Native Americans that usually includes dancing

  • : a meeting for people to discuss something


POWWOW Defined for Kids

powwow

noun pow·wow \ ˈpau̇-ˌwau̇ \

Definition of powwow for Students

1 : an American Indian ceremony or social gathering
2 : a meeting for discussion


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