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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, as in the performance of healing or hunting rituals.
intr.v. pow·wowed, pow·wow·ing, pow·wows Informal
To hold a powwow.

[Narragansett powwaw, shaman.]
Word History: According to the traditional beliefs of many Native American peoples, a healer, shaman, or priest can communicate with spiritual forces beyond the ken of the ordinary person through trances and visions, gaining power and knowledge that helps to cure the sick and otherwise benefit the community, as by bringing about good weather or a successful hunt. In Narragansett, the indigenous Algonquian language of Rhode Island, the traditional healer or priest was given the title powwaw, a term that developed from a Proto-Algonquian word meaning "one who has visions." In English, a form of the word powwaw occurs in a 1624 document by Edward Winslow, expressing the English colonists' typical mistrust of Native American religion: The office and dutie of the Powah is to be exercised principally in calling upon the Devil; and curing diseases of the sicke or wounded. The English spelling of the word was eventually settled as powwow, and the term also came to be used as the name for ceremonies and councils, probably because of the important role played by the healer or holy person in these events. Today, when speaking in English, some Native American communities themselves use the word powwow to refer to meetings or gatherings held according to the traditional ways of their people.

powwow

(ˈpaʊˌwaʊ)
n
1. a talk, conference, or meeting
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a magical ceremony of certain North American Indians, usually accompanied by feasting and dancing
3. (Anthropology & Ethnology) (among certain North American Indians) a medicine man
4. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a meeting of or negotiation with North American Indians
vb
(intr) to hold a powwow
[C17: from Algonquian; related to Natick pauwau one who practises magic, Narraganset powwaw]

pow•wow

(ˈpaʊˌwaʊ)

n.
1. (among North American Indians) a ceremony performed for the cure of disease, success in a hunt, etc.
2. a council or conference of or with Indians.
3. (among North American Indians) a priest or shaman.
4. Informal. any conference or meeting.
v.i.
5. to hold a powwow.
6. Informal. to confer.
[1624 (Edward Winslow); < Narragansett (E sp.) powwaw Indian priest (or < Massachusett) < Proto-Algonquian *pawe·wa he dreams (used as a derived agent n. meaning “he who dreams”, i.e., one who derives his power from visions)]

powwow


Past participle: powwowed
Gerund: powwowing

Imperative
powwow
powwow
Present
I powwow
you powwow
he/she/it powwows
we powwow
you powwow
they powwow
Preterite
I powwowed
you powwowed
he/she/it powwowed
we powwowed
you powwowed
they powwowed
Present Continuous
I am powwowing
you are powwowing
he/she/it is powwowing
we are powwowing
you are powwowing
they are powwowing
Present Perfect
I have powwowed
you have powwowed
he/she/it has powwowed
we have powwowed
you have powwowed
they have powwowed
Past Continuous
I was powwowing
you were powwowing
he/she/it was powwowing
we were powwowing
you were powwowing
they were powwowing
Past Perfect
I had powwowed
you had powwowed
he/she/it had powwowed
we had powwowed
you had powwowed
they had powwowed
Future
I will powwow
you will powwow
he/she/it will powwow
we will powwow
you will powwow
they will powwow
Future Perfect
I will have powwowed
you will have powwowed
he/she/it will have powwowed
we will have powwowed
you will have powwowed
they will have powwowed
Future Continuous
I will be powwowing
you will be powwowing
he/she/it will be powwowing
we will be powwowing
you will be powwowing
they will be powwowing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been powwowing
you have been powwowing
he/she/it has been powwowing
we have been powwowing
you have been powwowing
they have been powwowing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been powwowing
you will have been powwowing
he/she/it will have been powwowing
we will have been powwowing
you will have been powwowing
they will have been powwowing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been powwowing
you had been powwowing
he/she/it had been powwowing
we had been powwowing
you had been powwowing
they had been powwowing
Conditional
I would powwow
you would powwow
he/she/it would powwow
we would powwow
you would powwow
they would powwow
Past Conditional
I would have powwowed
you would have powwowed
he/she/it would have powwowed
we would have powwowed
you would have powwowed
they would have powwowed

powwow

An Algonquian word meaning talk, used to mean a conference or conversation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.powwow - (informal) a quick private conferencepowwow - (informal) a quick private conference
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
group discussion, conference - a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
huddler - a member of a huddle
2.powwow - a council of or with Native Americans
council - a meeting of people for consultation; "emergency council"
Verb1.powwow - hold a powwow, talk, conference or meeting
hash out, talk over, discuss - speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion; "We discussed our household budget"

powwow

noun
Informal. A meeting for the exchange of views:
Slang: rap session.
verb
Informal. To meet and exchange views to reach a decision:
Translations

powwow

[ˈpaʊwaʊ]
A. N [of North American Indians] asamblea de indígenas norteamericanos (fig) → asamblea f, reunión f
we had a family powwow about ithubo una asamblea or reunión familiar para discutirlo
B. VI [North American Indians] (also fig) → reunirse en asamblea

powwow

n (of Native Americans)Versammlung f; (with Native Americans) → indianische Verhandlungen pl; (inf)Besprechung f; (to solve problem) → Kriegsrat m (hum); a family powwowein Familienrat m

powwow

[ˈpaʊˌwaʊ] n (fam) → riunione f
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Many a church member saw I, walking behind the music, that has danced in the same measure with me, when Somebody was fiddler, and, it might be, an Indian powwow or a Lapland wizard changing hands with us
The powwow and racket were prodigious; it was a tempest of riot and con- fusion and thick-falling blows.
Tom Sawyer called the hogs "ingots," and he called the turnips and stuff "julery," and we would go to the cave and powwow over what we had done, and how many people we had killed and marked.
Then nothing but liquor had been found; there would have been a great powwow if it had been the gold.
Come witch, come wizard, come Indian powwow, come devil himself, and here comes Goodman Brown.
They tell me that some of our community are to be here from Falmouth and beyond, and others from Connecticut and Rhode Island, besides several of the Indian powwows, who, after their fashion, know almost as much deviltry as the best of us.
Scattered also among their pale-faced enemies were the Indian priests, or powwows, who had often scared their native forest with more hideous incantations than any known to English witchcraft.
Some say that the place was bewitched by a High German doctor, during the early days of the settlement; others, that an old Indian chief, the prophet or wizard of his tribe, held his powwows there before the country was discovered by Master Hendrick Hudson.
The Powwow is held each year in a location with special significance to Native peoples.
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10th Annual Honouring Our Ancestors Inter-Tribal Powwow
July 27: Hassanamisco Indian Fair/Nipmuc Nation 52nd annual Powwow, 10 a.