Definition of wigwam in English:

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wigwam

Pronunciation: /ˈwiɡˌwäm/

noun

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A dome-shaped hut or tent made by fastening mats, skins, or bark over a framework of poles, used by some North American Indian peoples.
Example sentences
  • A yurt - also known as a ger - is the Asian equivalent of a North American Indian wigwam.
  • In contrast to white people's extravagant ways, Indian wigwams are of high quality, comfortable, and very cheap to build and maintain.
  • I keep dreaming I'm camping with this gorgeous woman, sometimes in army tents, sometimes in mountain tents, sometimes in wigwams.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Abnaki, 'their house', from an Algonquian base meaning 'dwell', shared with wickiup.

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Syllabification: wig·wam

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