te·​pee | \ ˈtē-(ˌ)pē How to pronounce tepee (audio) \
variants: or or less commonly tipi

Definition of tepee

: a conical tent usually consisting of skins and used especially by American Indians of the Great Plains

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Recent Examples on the Web Guests can practice yoga and meditation at an on-site yoga tepee and deck built on a spiritual vortex once identified by a shaman. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 13 Apr. 2019 In August, over the National Park Service’s birthday week, there will be another opportunity for visitors to engage directly with tribal members when a tepee village is set up at the Roosevelt Arch. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 Light the tinder, and once the sticks catch fire, layer on more kindling, then another tepee of larger logs, keeping the doorways open. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Sep. 2021 The central tepee at Cave City — which originally housed a restaurant — stands three stories tall and contains 18 tons of steel. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Sep. 2021 That may be building with Legos, sitting alone in a tepee or reading a book. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021 Toward midnight, a half-dozen of us climb a hill behind the tepee. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's Magazine, 24 Nov. 2020 The outer logs on the tepee should be 5 inches thick. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 9 Jan. 2017 Eastman, born in a tepee near Redwood Falls, was only 4 when the U.S.-Dakota War broke out. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, 15 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of tepee

1743, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tepee

Dakota thípi, from thi- to dwell

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13 May 2022

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“Tepee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tepee. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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te·​pee | \ ˈtē-ˌpē \

Kids Definition of tepee

: a tent shaped like a cone and used as a home by some North American tribes of indigenous people

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