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
Recent Examples of wigwam from the Web
Consider the repercussions when Achille Sel, who still follows Micmac lifeways, returns from a sojourn into the uncut northern forests and finds his wigwam burned, his wife murdered by English soldiers.
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Origin and Etymology of wigwam
Eastern Abenaki wìkəwαm house
First Known Use: 1628See Words from the same year
WIGWAM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wigwam for English Language Learners
: a round tent that was used in the past by Native Americans as a house or shelter
WIGWAM Defined for Kids
Definition of wigwam for Students
: a dome-shaped hut formerly used as a house or shelter by some American Indians
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