Definition of longhouse in English:

longhouse

noun

  • 1historical The traditional dwelling of the Iroquois and other North American Indians.

    • ‘They danced inside and underneath the enormous longhouses, concluding the celebrations with the consumption of large amounts of prepared foods, including sago and yams.’
    • ‘The Iroquois traditionally lived in longhouses, impressively striking in appearance.’
    • ‘Next door is a towering log, stone and glass masterpiece modeled after a Native American longhouse that may be the most dramatic place you've ever taken a yoga class.’
    • ‘The Haida's reputation isn't well known south of the border, but their canoes, longhouses, and cedar totem poles represent a high point in North American art.’
    • ‘In the grounds behind the museum there are two longhouses in Haida tribal style, as well as ten more totem poles.’
  • 2A large communal village house in parts of Malaysia and Indonesia.

    • ‘Using Casselberry's formula, this indicates an increase from a population of 15 to 61 persons within a single longhouse.’
    • ‘He's in charge of putting up this longhouse for the group to move into.’
    • ‘By AD 1500, settlements were large, pallisaded villages with longhouses and garden plots capable of supporting up to 250-300 people.’
    • ‘According to William M. Fenton, a longhouse typically held from six to ten nuclear families, each of about five or six persons, and two families shared every fire.’
    • ‘One late middle-aged man, an active farmer, was a regular smoker of local cigars (which he smoked both at the longhouse and at the distant rice farms).’
    • ‘Families were encouraged to leave the longhouses and live separately on small farms so the men could work in their fields without being embarrassed by being seen doing women's work.’

Pronunciation

longhouse

/ˈlɒŋhaʊs/