Definition of longhouse in English:
1 historical The traditional dwelling of the Iroquois and other North American Indians.
- The Iroquois traditionally lived in longhouses, impressively striking in appearance.
- Next door is a towering log, stone and glass masterpiece modeled after a Native American longhouse that may be the most dramatic place you've ever taken a yoga class.
- The Haida's reputation isn't well known south of the border, but their canoes, longhouses, and cedar totem poles represent a high point in North American art.
1.1A large communal village house in parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.
- By AD 1500, settlements were large, pallisaded villages with longhouses and garden plots capable of supporting up to 250-300 people.
- Families were encouraged to leave the longhouses and live separately on small farms so the men could work in their fields without being embarrassed by being seen doing women's work.
- According to William M. Fenton, a longhouse typically held from six to ten nuclear families, each of about five or six persons, and two families shared every fire.
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