te·​pee ˈtē-(ˌ)pē How to pronounce tepee (audio)
variants or teepee or less commonly tipi
: a conical tent usually consisting of skins and used especially by American Indians of the Great Plains

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Examples of tepee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a twilight canoe outing on Bow River for a quintessential Canadian moment, white water rafting that ends with a night in Anishinabe-style tepees, excursions on float planes, and even a day of wine tasting in the Okanagan valley. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 10 Feb. 2024 These aren’t ‘tepee rings,’ these are vision quest circles. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Feb. 2024 Foreign companies are also building similar heated tepees, including Nortent in Norway and Eldfell in Sweden. Brett French, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Rental villages of tepees, domes, A-frames and shipping containers sprawl across scrub-brush hillsides. Elizabeth Findell, WSJ, 25 Dec. 2023 Native American tribal members spend the week living in a tepee village just outside the rodeo grounds and perform dances in full regalia. Kent Edwards | Special To The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 19 Sep. 2023 Top Load Light the tinder inside your tepee, and feed the fire from the top as needed to customize the blaze, like a mood-setting dimmer switch. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 29 June 2023 Lean the smallest sticks on the tepee, leaving a doorway to face the wind. Michael Stillwell, Popular Mechanics, 27 Mar. 2023 Frame the Walls Choose slow-burning whole green logs of white oak, ash, or birch to build the frame that will hold the tepee sticks upright. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, 29 June 2023

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Word History


Dakota thípi, from thi- to dwell

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tepee was in 1743

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“Tepee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tepee. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or teepee also tipi
: a cone-shaped tent usually of skins used as a home especially by American Indians of the Great Plains

from thípi, a word in the language of the Dakota Indians meaning "a dwelling tent," from thí- "to dwell"

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