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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Nowashe Village Is Up And Running," 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, "A Look at All the Places Where 'Hocus Pocus' Was Filmed 26 Years Ago," 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, "How to Build the Perfect Fireplace Fire," 30 Nov. 2018 Gardeners are at work everywhere, churning compost and arranging horticultural fleece over willow wigwams. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, "Getting Back to Nature (With a Bit of Champagne) at Raymond Blanc’s Luxe English Gardening School," 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, "Upcoming summer events for the south suburbs," 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, "Life-sized dinosaur, wigwam and hands-on experiences featured at new Lake County museum," 25 Mar. 2018 Also in the museum is a wigwam created with help from Native American tribe members. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Life-sized dinosaur, wigwam and hands-on experiences featured at new Lake County museum," 25 Mar. 2018 In a prescient nod to future gender controversies, our Pocahontas was played by a gorgeous little boy who would have brightened any number of wigwams. Christine M. Flowers, Philly.com, "Girl Scouts have every right to be mad about new Boy Scouts rule | Christine Flowers," 12 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of wigwam

1628, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wigwam

Eastern Abenaki wìkəwαm house

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“Wigwam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wigwam. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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 American Indians

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