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 There are also off-grid plots, R.V. hookups, Airstreams, yurts, ski huts, farmhouses, tepees, tiny homes, tree houses, cabins, and cottages. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "How Hipcamp Became the Airbnb of the Outdoors," 2 Dec. 2019 Its trunk begins five feet off the ground, sprouting from a tepee of roots. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 Native American tribal members spend the week living in a tepee village just outside the rodeo grounds and perform dances in full regalia. oregonlive, "Pendleton Round-Up showcases the other side of Oregon," 14 Sep. 2019 There is art and clothing and jewelry, and a tepee where mannequins gather around a fake fire. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019 There will be an Eastern Woodland Indian camp on display and a tepee display, along with inter-tribal dancing and music, cultural demonstrations, storytelling and a market of Native American crafts. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Dive into Native American culture in Indiana, enjoy some pampering with a Packers game and more Midwest events," 30 Aug. 2019 Protesters set up the poles of a large tepee that stood partly on the road and partly on the Enbridge driveway. Jordan Shearer, Twin Cities, "Line 3 protesters rally at Minnesota Enbridge office," 19 Aug. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of tepee was in 1743

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29 Dec 2019

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“Tepee.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tepee. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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