- a winter festival
- a distribution or exchange of gifts during such a festival, often involving the squandering of the host's belongings
Origin of potlatch; from Amerindian (Chinook) patshatl, gift
Origin of potlatchChinook Jargon, from Nootka p'achitl, to make a potlatch gift.
From Chinook Jargon potlatch (“gift"), from Nootka pÌ“aÄiÆ› (“to give in ceremony").