potlatch

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Chinook Jargon potlatch (to give; gift), from Nootka p̕ačiƛ (to give in ceremony). Compare potluck.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

potlatch (plural potlatches)

  1. A ceremony amongst certain indigenous peoples of the Pacific northwest in which gifts are bestowed upon guests and personal property is destroyed in a show of wealth and generosity.
  2. A communal meal to which guests bring dishes to share; a potluck.
    Synonyms: potluck

Translations[edit]


Chinook Jargon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Nootka p̕ačiƛ (to give in ceremony).

Noun[edit]

potlatch

  1. gift
  2. giving
  3. gift-feast, potlatch

Verb[edit]

potlatch

  1. to give, receive

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Chinook Jargon potlatch (gift), from Nootka p̕ačiƛ (to give in ceremony).

Noun[edit]

potlatch m (plural potlatchs)

  1. potlatch

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