Powwow Pow"wow`, n. 1. A priest, or conjurer, among the North American Indians. [1913 Webster]

Be it sagamore, sachem, or powwow. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. Conjuration attended with great noise and confusion, and often with feasting, dancing, etc., performed by Indians for the cure of diseases, to procure success in hunting or in war, and for other purposes. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence: Any assembly characterized by noise and confusion; a noisy frolic or gathering. [Archaic, formerly Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster]

4. Any meeting assembled to discuss an issue; a parley. [Informal] [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • powwow — (n.) 1620s, priest, sorcerer, from a southern New England Algonquian language (probably Narragansett) powwow shaman, medicine man, Indian priest, from a verb meaning to use divination, to dream, from Proto Algonquian *pawe:wa he dreams, one who… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • powwow — ► NOUN 1) a North American Indian ceremony involving feasting and dancing. 2) informal a meeting for discussion among friends or colleagues. ► VERB informal ▪ hold a powwow. ORIGIN Narragansett, magician …   English terms dictionary

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  • powwow — /pow wow /, n. 1. (among North American Indians) a ceremony, esp. one accompanied by magic, feasting, and dancing, performed for the cure of disease, success in a hunt, etc. 2. a council or conference of or with Indians. 3. (among North American… …   Universalium

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  • powwow — pow·wow (pou’wou′) n. 1) a) A council or meeting of Native Americans, sometimes with people from other communities. b) Informal A conference or gathering, as of business people. 2) a) A Native American shaman. b) A ceremony conducted by a shaman …   Word Histories

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