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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While eating in the tepee in the village his legs were suddenly laced with pain. David Treuer, Harper's magazine, "2020 Vision," 10 Jan. 2019 Curbed lists the top 10 moments of the hour, and Brunch at Saks takes a look at Lauren's elegant (and functional!) tepees near the San Juan Mountains [left]. Leah Konen, ELLE Decor, "What We're Reading: May 19, 2011," 19 May 2011 Then, when the roads disappear, you're met not with horses, but with reindeer, which will cart you three hours to your final destination: an Airbnb tepee with your hosts, Otgonbayar and Zorigt, members of the nomadic Dukha tribe. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "You'll Need a Reindeer to Get to This Airbnb in Mongolia," 19 Nov. 2018 The tribe moves through the Taiga forest with its reindeer, following the moss the herd snacks on every few weeks, setting up tepees as needed. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "You'll Need a Reindeer to Get to This Airbnb in Mongolia," 19 Nov. 2018 This summer, Off the Map Travel is introducing three-night trips on Norway’s Lofoten Islands, a mountainous and fjord-filled region above the Arctic Circle, based in tepee tents decorated in the style of the indigenous Sami people. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "Glamping Slips Into the Mainstream," 15 June 2018 Duane Linklater, an Omaskêko Ininiwak artist from Canada, has installed towering tripodal works that recall the structure of the tepee and contrast starkly with the ever-rising condominium towers surrounding the High Line. Daniel Mcdermon, New York Times, "8 Outdoor Art Installations in New York to Get Excited About," 25 May 2018 In the Mark penthouse, whose square footage is eleven thousand feet, with a rack rate of seventy-five thousand dollars a night, an industrious six-year-old was seated inside a canvas tepee. Bob Morris, The New Yorker, "The Coloring Book Enters Its Baroque Phase," 11 June 2018 Polar bears, igloos, frozen seas, and tepees combine to create a dreamy, almost surreal trance in Song on the Wind, by Caroline Everson and illustrator Anne Marie Bourgeois. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Voyages, animals, beauty for the youngest readers," 11 June 2018

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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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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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