vo·​dun vō-ˈdüⁿ How to pronounce vodun (audio)
variants or less commonly vodoun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Von Vampton’s adversary is Papa LaBas, a detective and vodun priest searching for the Text of Jes Grew, a literary anthology that will complete the virus’s revolution. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 19 July 2021 There’s also the free-spirit artist Nola Darling from She’s Gotta Have it and activist healer Nova Bordelon from Queen Sugar who uses weed in her vodun practice. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, 20 Apr. 2021 The author, who lives in Chicago and works at an ad agency, grew up in Alabama and as a child learned of vodun, a religion that later found offshoots in voodoo. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Dec. 2017

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Word History


Haitian Creole vodoun, vodou

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vodun was in 1920

Dictionary Entries Near vodun

Cite this Entry

“Vodun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vodun. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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