totem pole

noun

Definition of totem pole

  1. 1 :  a pole or pillar carved and painted with a series of totemic symbols representing family lineage and often mythical or historical incidents and erected by Indian tribes of the northwest coast of North America

  2. 2 :  an order of rank :  hierarchy

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First Known Use of totem pole

1880


TOTEM POLE Defined for English Language Learners

totem pole

noun

Definition of totem pole for English Language Learners

  • : a tall usually wooden pole that is carved and painted with symbols, figures, or masks which represent different Native American tribes

  • —used to describe someone's position or level in a company or organization


TOTEM POLE Defined for Kids

totem pole

noun

Definition of totem pole for Students

  1. :  a usually wooden pole or pillar carved and painted with totems and set up by American Indian tribes of the northwest coast of North America


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