wig·​wam | \ ˈwig-ˌwäm How to pronounce wigwam (audio) \

Definition of wigwam

: a hut of the American Indians of the Great Lakes region and eastward having typically an arched framework of poles overlaid with bark, mats, or hides also : a rough hut

Illustration of wigwam

Illustration of wigwam

Examples of wigwam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Uncommon accommodations: Snooze in a caboose, a yacht, a wigwam or a swanky tent. AZCentral.com, 4 June 2021 Snooze in a caboose, a yacht, a wigwam or a swanky tent. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2021 The Nowashe Village will include a main village, two wigwams, an archaeology laboratory, a wetland with a boardwalk, a fire circle which will be used for storytelling, and the Three Sisters Garden. Quoron Walker, courant.com, 11 Oct. 2019 The museum was built in 1930 and is meant to mimic the colonial architecture — thatched roof cottages, wigwams, and more – of the 1600s. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 24 June 2019 As the paper in the fireplace ignites, place the thin broken branches, one by one, against the burning wigwam. Ross Mccammon, Popular Mechanics, 30 Nov. 2018 Gardeners are at work everywhere, churning compost and arranging horticultural fleece over willow wigwams. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, 6 Aug. 2018 Learn how the French voyageurs and Potawatomi were connected, feel a beaver pelt, see canoes built of birch bark and walk inside a wigwam. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, 13 May 2018 The wigwam will serve as an indoor classroom where students can learn about Native Americans, said Nan Buckardt, director of education for the forest preserve district. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, 25 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wigwam.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of wigwam

1628, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wigwam

Eastern Abenaki wìkəwαm house

Learn More About wigwam

Dictionary Entries Near wigwam

wigwag signal



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for wigwam

Cite this Entry

“Wigwam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wigwam. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for wigwam



English Language Learners Definition of wigwam

: a round tent that was used in the past by Native Americans as a house or shelter


wig·​wam | \ ˈwig-ˌwäm How to pronounce wigwam (audio) \

Kids Definition of wigwam

: a dome-shaped hut formerly used as a house or shelter by some North American tribes of indigenous people

More from Merriam-Webster on wigwam

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for wigwam

Nglish: Translation of wigwam for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about wigwam


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!