Powwow meaning

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A North American Indian medicine man or priest.
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Among North American Indians, a ceremony to conjure the cure of disease, success in war, etc., marked by feasting, dancing, etc.
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(historical) A conference of or with North American Indians.
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(informal) Any conference or gathering.
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To hold a powwow.
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(informal) To confer.
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A ritual conducted by a Native American shaman.
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A Native American shaman.
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A Native American council or meeting.
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(informal) A short, private conference.
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(intransitive, of Native Americans) To hold a meeting; to gather together in council.
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(intransitive, of Native Americans and by extension other groups, such as the Pennsylvania Dutch) To conduct a ritual in which magic is used.
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(informal, intransitive) To hold a private conference.
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Origin of powwow

  • Narragansett powwaw shaman

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From an Algonquian language, probably Massachusett pauwau or Narragansett powwaw "practitioner of magic, shaman", from Proto-Algonquian *pawe·wa (“one who dreams").

    From Wiktionary