Pow"pow`\, n. 1. A priest, or conjurer, among the North American Indians.

Be it sagamore, sachem, or powwow. --Longfellow.

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.

3. Hence: Any assembly characterized by noise and confusion; a noisy frolic or gathering. [Colloq. U. S.]
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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