Definition of totem pole in English:

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totem pole

Pronunciation: /ˈtōdəm ˌpōl/


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1A pole on which totems are hung or on which the images of totems are carved.
Example sentences
  • The memorable events would be symbolized and carved into a totem pole that would stand at the pinnacle of the pagoda roof for the next year's gyre journey.
  • They were carrying a Mbitoro carving, which resembled a large totem pole, to be erected near a longhouse at the fourth Kamoro Festival opened on April 26.
  • Traditionally, a feast called a potlatch was held whenever a new totem pole was raised.
2North American A hierarchy: the social totem pole
More example sentences
  • Musicians, as a class, have been rather low on the social totem pole for a long time.
  • He was the lowest man on the social totem pole - not only did he touch people, but he was a merchant to boot.
  • Barry plods through the day's trading, being low man on the totem pole, always with the idea that when he has made some money he and his family will go back to the West and live the life they desire, but the next time with some security.

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Syllabification: to·tem pole

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