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Definition of "powwow" [pow•wow]

  • A council or meeting with or of Native Americans. (noun)
  • A Native American shaman. (noun)
  • A ceremony conducted by a shaman, as in the performance of healing or hunting rituals. (noun)
  • Informal A conference or gathering. (noun)
  • Informal To hold a powwow. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "powwow" in a sentence
  • "This powwow is also one that requires 1/4 native blood quantum (at least one full blooded indian grandparent) for dancers."
  • "Turnbull didn’t look up from his newspaper when he said, “Some of us are offended by the use of the term powwow in that context.”"
  • "Then she went on to say that all of this was, and is, a moot point because the powwow is not a city sponsored event."