Powwow Definition

pouwou
powwows
noun
powwows
A council or meeting of Native Americans, sometimes with people from other communities.
American Heritage
Among North American Indians, a ceremony to conjure the cure of disease, success in war, etc., marked by feasting, dancing, etc.
Webster's New World
A North American Indian medicine man or priest.
Webster's New World
A conference of or with North American Indians.
Webster's New World
Any conference or gathering.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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verb
To hold a powwow.
Webster's New World
To confer.
Webster's New World
(intransitive, of Native Americans) To hold a meeting; to gather together in council.
Wiktionary
(intransitive, of Native Americans and by extension other groups, such as the Pennsylvania Dutch) To conduct a ritual in which magic is used.
Wiktionary
(informal, intransitive) To hold a private conference.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Powwow

Noun

Singular:
powwow
Plural:
powwows

Origin of Powwow

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Narragansett powwaw shaman

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

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