lakou

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Haitian Creole lakou, from French la cour (the courtyard).

Noun[edit]

lakou (plural lakous)

  1. In Haiti, a small village or other compound built around a shared yard, or the family structure of those living in such a settlement.
    • 1985, Wade Davis, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Simon & Schuster, p. 77:
      “He promised to bring the president's wife to our lakou.”
    • 2000, Emily Wade Will, Haiti, p. 61:
      Within the lakou, homes consist of wood-framed huts with thatch or corrugated-iron roofs. Furniture is minimal — a few chairs, a table, and some woven mats on which to sleep.
    • 2013, Steven Holl, Pamphlet Architecture 31: New Haiti Villages, p. 10:
      A lakou is a community space composed of houses populated by several generations of one family, surrounded by a circular garden.

Haitian Creole[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French la cour (couryard)

Noun[edit]

lakou

  1. courtyard