(among North American Indians) a ceremony, especially one accompanied by magic, feasting, and dancing, performed for the cure of disease, success in a hunt, etc.
a council or conference of or with Indians.
(among North American Indians) a priest or shaman.
Informal. any conference or meeting.
verb (used without object)
to hold a powwow.
Informal. to confer.
a talk, conference, or meeting
a magical ceremony of certain North American Indians, usually accompanied by feasting and dancing
(among certain North American Indians) a medicine man
a meeting of or negotiation with North American Indians
(intransitive) to hold a powwow
1620s, “priest, sorcerer,” from a southern New England Algonquian language (probably Narragansett) powwaw “shaman, medicine man, Indian priest,” from a verb meaning “to use divination, to dream,” from Proto-Algonquian *pawe:wa “he dreams, one who dreams.” Meaning “magical ceremony among North American Indians” is recorded from 1660s. Sense of “council, conference, meeting” is first recorded 1812. Verb sense of “to confer, discuss” is attested from 1780.
A meeting; discussion: The directors are having a crucial pow-wow
[1625+; ultimately fr an Algonquian word for ”medicine man,” meaning ”he dreams,” extended to mean counsel and a council]
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