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 On Friday, there’s a station set up behind the tepees where the performers put on redface. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 The flaps of the set’s tepees are smeared red from all the people entering and exiting. Jennifer Percy, Harper's magazine, "The Skinning Tree," 20 Jan. 2020 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

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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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24 Feb 2020

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“Tepee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tepee. Accessed 26 Feb. 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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