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 Toward midnight, a half-dozen of us climb a hill behind the tepee. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's Magazine, "[Letter from the Northwest Territories]," 24 Nov. 2020 The outer logs on the tepee should be 5 inches thick. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Wild Fires," 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, "Remembering the Dakota warrior who took the first shot," 15 Aug. 2020 Then build a towering log-cabin fire structure around the tepee. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Wild Fires," 9 Jan. 2017 Angelika Harden-Norman and her husband, Darrell, a Blackfeet artist, own a tepee lodge and gallery that sits just outside the small town of Browning on the road to Glacier. Kathleen Mclaughlin, Washington Post, "A closed border, pandemic-weary tourists and a big bottleneck at Glacier National Park," 11 July 2020 Around our campfire, on our first night in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, a Dutch oven hissed in the coals while a single Merriam’s gobbled for an hour on the ridge above the tepees. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Getting Lost in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness," 2 June 2020 But in a garden setting, Ms. Elliott said, a bamboo tepee and some twine work better. Margaret Roach, New York Times, "It’s Not Too Late for a Flower Garden," 1 May 2020 Long branches can be lashed together on one end to make a tepee or ladder form (zip ties are super-helpful for this!). Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, "15 Easy Gardening Projects to Kick Off Spring," 21 Mar. 2020

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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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“Tepee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tepee. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tepee

: a tent that is shaped like a cone and that was used in the past by some Native Americans as a house


te·​pee | \ ˈtē-ˌpē \

Kids Definition of tepee

: a tent shaped like a cone and used as a home by some American Indians

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